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

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

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

Source and more on Christian's story: http://www.news.com.au/perthnow/story/0, piracetam, piracetam24101420-5005369, piracetam00.html





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

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. Piracetam

It sold tables, piracetam wardrobes, piracetam 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, piracetam stretched out languidly on a bench, piracetam there was a lion. Piracetam 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, piracetam" remembers Jennifer Mary Taylor, piracetam who worked there. "And every so often, piracetam if I'd ignored him for too long, piracetam 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. Piracetam But he was...", piracetam she pauses. Piracetam "I mean, piracetam he was a lion. Piracetam 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, piracetam the Big Cat was part of it all, piracetam cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, piracetam popping in for lunch at Casserole, piracetam a local restaurant, piracetam even posing for a Biba fashion advert. He eventually grew too big to be kept as a pet and was taken to Kenya, piracetam where he was rehabilitated into the wild by the 'Lion Man', piracetam George Adamson. Now, piracetam his story is to be told in a new book, piracetam written by the Australian John Rendall who, piracetam along with his friend Ace Berg, piracetam bought Christian from Harrods in 1969. Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-452820/Christian-lion-lived-London-living-room.html


  "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, piracetam rather grandly, piracetam that she wanted a camel, piracetam" says Rendall.

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

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

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

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

"He had a beautiful musky smell that was very distinct, piracetam" says Rendall. Piracetam "But he was clean."

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

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

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