A LION CALLED CHRISTIAN
In 2008, a particular YouTube clip became an internet phenomenon.The clip showed the emotional reunion of two young men and their pet lion, Christian, after they had left him in Africa to be introduced into his rightful home in the wild. The clip can be found on YouTube.Anthony ‘Ace’ Bourke and John Rendall visited London from Australia in 1969 and purchased a boisterous lion cub in Harrods, Knightsbridge (back then it was possible to buy ANYTHING from Harrods)!
Christian soon grew from cuddly cub to King of the Kings Road in a shop called Sophisticat. The only way to avoid him being incarcerated in a zoo was to place him under the expert care of George Adamson in Kenya.
Ace and John did not return to see their lion for a year, however making the decision to visit Christian soon turned into an emotional reunion.
A Lion Called Christian tells their story in words and stunning photographs. It’s a unique and extraordinary tale of its time that resonates again today with a worldwide audience, thanks to the internet age, and is destined to become one of the great idics of animal literature.
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