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 A Lion named Christian http://thecleversophisticate.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/christian-lion-cub.jpg 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 doxycycline here is the more lengthy and less glossed over version):

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvCjyWp3rEk&feature=related "Christian the lion was purchased in 1969 by the two Australians living in Chelsea London at the time, buy doxycycline from Harrods department store, buy doxycycline when they discovered him for sale in exotic pets department and concerned for his conditions and fate decided to buy him.

John Rendall, buy doxycycline  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 doxycycline stars of the film Born Free, buy doxycycline visited Rendall and Bourke's furniture shop, buy doxycycline who suggested that they ask the assistance of George Adamson, buy doxycycline the Kenyan conservationist, buy doxycycline 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 doxycycline 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 doxycycline "We called him and he stood up and started to walk towards us very slowly.

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

Source and more on Christian's story: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0, buy doxycycline, buy doxycycline24101420-5005369, buy doxycycline00.html

 

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

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 doxycycline

It sold tables, buy doxycycline wardrobes, buy doxycycline 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 doxycycline stretched out languidly on a bench, buy doxycycline there was a lion. Buy doxycycline And it wasn't stuffed." (source and more at : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-452820/Christian-lion-lived-London-living-room.html )

 

 

"Christian used to lie beside me while I did the accounts at weekends, buy doxycycline" remembers Jennifer Mary Taylor, buy doxycycline who worked there. "And every so often, buy doxycycline if I'd ignored him for too long, buy doxycycline 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 doxycycline But he was...", buy doxycycline she pauses. Buy doxycycline "I mean, buy doxycycline he was a lion. Buy doxycycline 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 doxycycline the Big Cat was part of it all, buy doxycycline cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, buy doxycycline popping in for lunch at Casserole, buy doxycycline a local restaurant, buy doxycycline even posing for a Biba fashion advert. He eventually grew too big to be kept as a pet and was taken to Kenya, buy doxycycline where he was rehabilitated into the wild by the 'Lion Man', buy doxycycline George Adamson. Now, buy doxycycline his story is to be told in a new book, buy doxycycline written by the Australian John Rendall who, buy doxycycline along with his friend Ace Berg, buy doxycycline bought Christian from Harrods in 1969. Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-452820/Christian-lion-lived-London-living-room.html

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  "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 doxycycline rather grandly, buy doxycycline that she wanted a camel, buy doxycycline" says Rendall.

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

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

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

The store, buy doxycycline which had acquired the cub from Ilfracombe zoo, buy doxycycline 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 doxycycline 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 doxycycline" says Rendall. Buy doxycycline "But he was clean."

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

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

"He was a lot of work, buy doxycycline" says Rendall. Buy doxycycline "It took all four of us - me, buy doxycycline my then girlfriend Jennifer Mary, buy doxycycline Ace Berg and an actress called Unity Jones - to look after him."

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