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

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

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

Source and more on Christian's story: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0, colchicin agepha, colchicin agepha24101420-5005369, colchicin agepha00.html

 

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

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. Colchicin agepha

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

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

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

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

The store, colchicin agepha which had acquired the cub from Ilfracombe zoo, colchicin agepha 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, colchicin agepha which he used unfailingly) in the basement of the appropriately named Sophistocat furniture shop.

"He had a beautiful musky smell that was very distinct, colchicin agepha" says Rendall. Colchicin agepha "But he was clean."

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

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

"He was a lot of work, colchicin agepha" says Rendall. Colchicin agepha "It took all four of us - me, colchicin agepha my then girlfriend Jennifer Mary, colchicin agepha 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, colchicin agepha the "Father of lions", colchicin agepha in his new home in Kenya.