updated 10/14/2013 AT 4:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/14/2013 AT 3:45 PM ET
What prepares you for a performance for more than 67,000 people? If you’re Rihanna, it’s a cuddle with a cute lion cub!
Before stepping on stage for her “Diamonds” world tour at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Sunday, the singer opted for some downtime with some very special fans.