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Published on Jul 28, 2008

In 1969 a young Australian, John Rendall and his friend Ace Bourke, bought a small lion cub from Harrods pet department, which was then legal. 'Christian' was kept in the basement of a furniture shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, the heart of the swinging sixties. Loved by all, the affectionate cub ate in a local restaurant, played in a nearby graveyard, but was growing fast...

A chance encounter with Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna led to a new life for Christian. He came to live in a huge enclosure and to sleep in a caravan at their Surrey home. Then in 1971 he was flown to Kenya, his ancestral home, and returned to the wild by lion-man George Adamson. Nine months later in 1972, John and Ace returned to Kora in Kenya. This clip is of their reunion at that time.

It was an emotional reunion: "He ran towards us, threw himself onto us, knocked us over and hugged us, with his paws on our shoulders."

John Rendall

Christian's story. Directed by Bill Travers, commentary by Virgina McKenna, founders of the Born Free Foundation.

See http://www.bornfree.org.uk for more about this story.

Christian the Lion is distributed by Beckmann Visual Publishing

Comments • 2,078

Cali Livin
That's seriously one of the coolest things I've ever seen. This is something you'll probably never see again in our lifetime. When you think about it, it was a win-win for the lion. He either reunites with his friends, or he's got dinner.  I can't believe the other lions were cool with them too. That's crazy.
Sonia Kiran
Friends forever. Being in the wild but Christian never forgot these guys who loved him and cared for him. What a reward to see that they are not forgotten.
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Roberto Carlos
657 who dislike this isn't a human! like if you're agree!
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Forest Stalker
Goddammit! I wasn't suppose to cry! dammit!
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How could anyone dislike this?
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Missi R
I have seen this many times but stumbled across it and watched it again.  It is one of the most heartwarming and precious things I have ever seen in my life!  I love it! Brings tears to my eyes everytime
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teri l
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Steven Fallon
Love this vid, and I ain't lion
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This reunion never ceases to make my heart smile and my eyes rain.
Cara-Marie Askew
Christian was like these are my humans

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