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 Christian......a repost. Find discount flexisyn 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, find discount flexisyn 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, find discount flexisyn from Harrods department store, find discount flexisyn when they discovered him for sale in exotic pets department and concerned for his conditions and fate decided to buy him.

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

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Source and more on Christian's story: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0, find discount flexisyn, find discount flexisyn24101420-5005369, find discount flexisyn00.html

 

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"He travelled by Bentley (or Mercedes*), find discount flexisyn ate in fine London restaurants and spent his days lounging in a furniture shop. Find discount flexisyn

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. Find discount flexisyn

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

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

"He had a beautiful musky smell that was very distinct, find discount flexisyn" says Rendall. Find discount flexisyn "But he was clean."

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

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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, find discount flexisyn the "Father of lions", find discount flexisyn in his new home in Kenya.