Sunday, November 2, 2008

Christian, The Lion At World's End

The video clip above encouraged my fancy of raising exotic animals. That (given the video above is REAL) raising an exotic animal can be rewarding. You'll see what I'm talking about as soon as you press PLAY. It made my best friend Leia shed tears, touched with the friendship between the fierce lion and man.


In 1969 a young Australian, John Rendall and his friend Ace Bourke, bought a small lion cub from Harrods 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.

It was an emotional reunion: "He ran towards us, threw himself onto us, knocked us over and hugged us, with his paws on our shoulders." -John Rendall

VIDEO 2: More of the end part of Video 1

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