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‘Christian’ the Lion

On November 2, 2011, in Animals, by Editor

Wisdom Level:  Beginner

Overview:

This video shows that a life long loving bond is even possible with a truly wild animal like a lion – and through that bond, his friends. Plus you get to experience a little hippie music and commentary ;)

Commentary:

In 1969 a young Australian, John Rendall and his friend Ace Bourke, bought a small lion cub from Harrods (London, UK) pet department, which was then legal. ‘Christian’ was kept in the basement of a furniture shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, the heart of the swinging sixties. Loved by all, the affectionate cub ate in a local restaurant, played in a nearby graveyard, but was growing fast…

A chance encounter with Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna led to a new life for Christian. He came to live in a huge enclosure and to sleep in a caravan at their Surrey home. Then in 1971 he was flown to Kenya, his ancestral home, and returned to the wild by lion-man George Adamson. Nine months later in 1972, John and Ace returned to Kora in Kenya. This clip is of their reunion at that time.

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