The pop star gets up close and personal with a lion cub in South Africa

By People Staff
July 10, 2010 04:00 PM

The She Wolf has met her match – and he’s nothing but a ball of adorable, rough-and-tumble fluff named Fernando.

During Shakira’s visit to a Lion Park in Johannesburg, South Africa, the singer had her own meet-and-greet with some 9-week-old lion cubs, including lil’ Fernando. The pop star, who’s in Johannesburg to celebrate the World Cup, squeezed in the heavy petting session before her big performance Sunday in the final match at Soccer City Stadium.

Most impressive: Just a few months old, the little big cat already knows how to sit still for the cameras! We’re guessing Shaki gave him a few pointers … just look at that pose!

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