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

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

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

Source and more on Christian's story: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0, order discount docusate, order discount docusate24101420-5005369, order discount docusate00.html

 

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

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. Order discount docusate

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

"To which the manager very coolly replied: 'One hump or two, order discount docusate madam?'

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

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

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

"He had a beautiful musky smell that was very distinct, order discount docusate" says Rendall. Order discount docusate "But he was clean."

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

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

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

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