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

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

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

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 extreme thyrocin

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

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

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

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

The store, order discount extreme thyrocin which had acquired the cub from Ilfracombe zoo, order discount extreme thyrocin 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 extreme thyrocin 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 extreme thyrocin" says Rendall. Order discount extreme thyrocin "But he was clean."

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

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

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

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