Heart wrenching video of a bond between two men and a lion.
Words cannot express the love between these two men and Christian.
Clearly shows that animals have feeling and memory.

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.

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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

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2 Comments to “A Lion Called Christian”

  • I will forgive, but I won’t forget. I hope you know, you’ve lost my respect. (Anonymous)

  • I’m still studying by you, however I’m bettering myself personally. Keep the stories returning. I cherished it! onderful job!!!

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