Animal-loving Ricky Gervais had a close encounter with a pack of wolves - and made friends with them.
The Office creator was given the chance to attend a "wolf walking" trip as a birthday gift from his partner Jane Fallon in June (10).
But when it came to interacting with the wild animals, Gervais admits he was "scared" - until one of the beasts rose on its hind legs and licked the funnyman's face.
Taking to his official blog, Gervais writes, "Jane got me a 'walking with wolves' day as part of my birthday present. It was amazing. Almost spiritual. It really affected me and I want to visit them again. I was quite scared at first as they are still wild and their bite is three times stronger than a pit bull. They are magnificent though. I highly recommend it.
"The alpha male came over to me at one point. I froze. He jumped up and put his paws on my shoulders, (yes, he was f**king huge), and started licking my mouth. 'Don't move,' they said. 'He likes you. He can smell what you had for lunch.'"