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 A Lion named Christian Christian with his rescuers and life long friends John Rendall and Anthony Burke. 

"The clip of John Rendell and Anthony "Ace" Bourke reuniting with Christian the Lion has made the news around the world and received over 16 million hits on you tube.

(For those of you who have not seen the You tube video, buy deltasone cod here is the more lengthy and less glossed over version): "Christian the lion was purchased in 1969 by the two Australians living in Chelsea London at the time, buy deltasone cod from Harrods department store, buy deltasone cod when they discovered him for sale in exotic pets department and concerned for his conditions and fate decided to buy him.

John Rendall, buy deltasone cod  Anthony Bourke and their girlfriends cared for the lion until it was a year old but his increasing size and the cost of looking after him led them to realize they could not keep him in London for much longer.

Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, buy deltasone cod stars of the film Born Free, buy deltasone cod visited Rendall and Bourke's furniture shop, buy deltasone cod who suggested that they ask the assistance of George Adamson, buy deltasone cod the Kenyan conservationist, buy deltasone cod to help them rehabilitate Christian into the wild at his compound at Kora National Reserve.

Adamson slowly introduced Christian to an older lion 'Boy' and subsequently to a female cub in order to form the nucleus of a new pride.

This approach was successful and over the course of several years the pride established itself in the region around Kora.

When Rendall and Bourke were informed by Adamson of the successful result in 1971, buy deltasone cod they traveled to Kenya to pay one last visit to Christian in order to say goodbye.

Adamson warned them that it would most likely be a wasted trip as he had not seen Christian's pride for nine months.

However they discovered when they reached Kora that Christian and his pride had returned to Adamson's compound the day before their arrival.

Rendall said, buy deltasone cod "We called him and he stood up and started to walk towards us very slowly.

Then, buy deltasone cod as if he had become convinced it was us, buy deltasone cod he ran towards us, buy deltasone cod threw himself on to us, buy deltasone cod knocked us over, buy deltasone cod knocked George over and hugged us, buy deltasone cod like he used to, buy deltasone cod with his paws on our shoulders."

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"He travelled by Bentley (or Mercedes*), buy deltasone cod ate in fine London restaurants and spent his days lounging in a furniture shop. Buy deltasone cod

The story of Christian the pet lion - and his eventual release into the wild - is as moving as it is incredible.

The furniture shop was on the King's Road in London. Buy deltasone cod

It sold tables, buy deltasone cod wardrobes, buy deltasone cod chairs and desks - but anybody peering through its plate-glass window on a Sunday might have noticed something rather more unusual.

Amid all the pine and oak, buy deltasone cod stretched out languidly on a bench, buy deltasone cod there was a lion. Buy deltasone cod And it wasn't stuffed." (source and more at : )



"Christian used to lie beside me while I did the accounts at weekends, buy deltasone cod" remembers Jennifer Mary Taylor, buy deltasone cod who worked there. "And every so often, buy deltasone cod if I'd ignored him for too long, buy deltasone cod he'd sock me across the head with one of his great big paws. "He was very loving and affectionate - he liked to stand and put his paws on your shoulders. Buy deltasone cod But he was...", buy deltasone cod she pauses. Buy deltasone cod "I mean, buy deltasone cod he was a lion. Buy deltasone cod Does that sound silly?" Christian the lion (named by someone with a Biblical sense of humour) arrived in Chelsea at a time when the King's Road - home to Mick Jagger - was the very heart of the Swinging Sixties. For a year, buy deltasone cod the Big Cat was part of it all, buy deltasone cod cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, buy deltasone cod popping in for lunch at Casserole, buy deltasone cod a local restaurant, buy deltasone cod even posing for a Biba fashion advert. He eventually grew too big to be kept as a pet and was taken to Kenya, buy deltasone cod where he was rehabilitated into the wild by the 'Lion Man', buy deltasone cod George Adamson. Now, buy deltasone cod his story is to be told in a new book, buy deltasone cod written by the Australian John Rendall who, buy deltasone cod along with his friend Ace Berg, buy deltasone cod bought Christian from Harrods in 1969. Source :

  "So what possessed them to buy a lion cub in the first place?

"A friend had been to the 'exotic animals' department at Harrods and announced, buy deltasone cod rather grandly, buy deltasone cod that she wanted a camel, buy deltasone cod" says Rendall.

"To which the manager very coolly replied: 'One hump or two, buy deltasone cod madam?'

"Ace and I thought this was the most sophisticated repartee we'd ever heard, buy deltasone cod so we went along to check it out - and there, buy deltasone cod in a small cage, buy deltasone cod was a gorgeous little lion cub. Buy deltasone cod We were shocked. Buy deltasone cod We looked at each other and said something's got to be done about that."

Harrods, buy deltasone cod it turned out, buy deltasone cod was also quite keen to be rid of Christian, buy deltasone cod who had escaped one night, buy deltasone cod sneaked into the neighbouring carpet department - then in the throes of a sale of goatskin rugs - and wreaked havoc.

The store, buy deltasone cod which had acquired the cub from Ilfracombe zoo, buy deltasone cod happily agreed to part with him for 250 guineas.

So began Christian's year as an urban lion.

Christian was given his own living quarters (and a very large kitty-litter tray, buy deltasone cod which he used unfailingly) in the basement of the appropriately named Sophistocat furniture shop.

"He had a beautiful musky smell that was very distinct, buy deltasone cod" says Rendall. Buy deltasone cod "But he was clean."

The vicar of the Moravian Chapel nearby was approached to allow Christian the run of the graveyard, buy deltasone cod and every day he was taken there to roar around and play football.

Once, buy deltasone cod when he was brought along to a seaside picnic, buy deltasone cod he dipped his toes reluctantly in the water and intimated with a shudder that it was disagreeably cold. Buy deltasone cod But he was eventually persuaded to swim in the English Channel.

"He was a lot of work, buy deltasone cod" says Rendall. Buy deltasone cod "It took all four of us - me, buy deltasone cod my then girlfriend Jennifer Mary, buy deltasone cod Ace Berg and an actress called Unity Jones - to look after him." Christian and John Kendall sleeping shortly after their arrival in Africa. [cot1400.jpg]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christian and the famed George Adamson, buy deltasone cod the "Father of lions", buy deltasone cod in his new home in Kenya.