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 Christian......a repost. Order levitra 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 levitra 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 levitra from Harrods department store, order levitra when they discovered him for sale in exotic pets department and concerned for his conditions and fate decided to buy him.

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

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

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

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 levitra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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