South African keeper Alex Larenty, originally a British, not only tickles and strokes lions, but he has also used his techniques to relax grizzly bears and lull elephants to give them a manicure, reports The Sun.
The keeper strolled up to Jamu, weighing 40 stones at The Lion Park near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday.
The big male lion responded by rolling over and waving his paws expectantly.
Alex then gave him a rub and Jamu showed their bond by baring his teeth.
Alex, originally of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, moved to South Africa in 1999.
He started massaging Jamu, nine, after putting insect repellent on him one day.
He said: "I gave him a scratch and massage and he rolled around with his tongue out. Now he adores massages - his favourite game is This Little Piggy."
Alex, still a keen fan of the England football team, is willing to try his magic on Wayne Rooney and Co while they stay in South Africa for the World Cup. He said: "Anything to help them win."