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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 lipitor 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 lipitor from Harrods department store, buy lipitor when they discovered him for sale in exotic pets department and concerned for his conditions and fate decided to buy him.

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

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

Source and more on Christian's story: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0, buy lipitor, buy lipitor24101420-5005369, buy lipitor00.html

 

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

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 lipitor

It sold tables, buy lipitor wardrobes, buy lipitor 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 lipitor stretched out languidly on a bench, buy lipitor there was a lion. Buy lipitor 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 lipitor" remembers Jennifer Mary Taylor, buy lipitor who worked there. "And every so often, buy lipitor if I'd ignored him for too long, buy lipitor 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 lipitor But he was...", buy lipitor she pauses. Buy lipitor "I mean, buy lipitor he was a lion. Buy lipitor 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 lipitor the Big Cat was part of it all, buy lipitor cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, buy lipitor popping in for lunch at Casserole, buy lipitor a local restaurant, buy lipitor even posing for a Biba fashion advert. He eventually grew too big to be kept as a pet and was taken to Kenya, buy lipitor where he was rehabilitated into the wild by the 'Lion Man', buy lipitor George Adamson. Now, buy lipitor his story is to be told in a new book, buy lipitor written by the Australian John Rendall who, buy lipitor along with his friend Ace Berg, buy lipitor 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 lipitor rather grandly, buy lipitor that she wanted a camel, buy lipitor" says Rendall.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://pinkdogink.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/lion2.jpg Christian and John Kendall sleeping shortly after their arrival in Africa. [cot1400.jpg] http://www.kimbawlion.com/Image01.jpg http://www.fatheroflions.org/Photos_FromVirginiaMcKenna_Sm/GeorgeAdamson_ChristianFromChelseaEngland_NowInKenya_16_VM_Sm.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Christian and the famed George Adamson, buy lipitor the "Father of lions", buy lipitor in his new home in Kenya.