One day, I saw a post shared by a friend about Christian. I thought he was a person but when I watched his story on youtube, Christian was not the caretaker of the lion but he was the lion. You might wonder why I said this? Well, the video my friend shared with me was not the video I posted here. I have to search for a better video that would say it all. So, you get this video now. Anyway, Christian was born in a zoo in Devon, England and was raised in King’s Road, London. His story became an internet sensation gathering about 50 million hits. I was really touched by the story of love and friendship that remained until old age. So, I wish to share the story of Christian to incite awareness on the care and love of animals as part of Earth’s Biodiversity. I thank youtube for this video uploaded here by Daniel Rickard Reuter.
Published on May 20, 2012
Youtube describe the story this way:
A heartbreaking story about a lion who was raised by humans, by the friends John Rendall and Ace Bourke. This lion got too big for them, so they put him in the wilderness. One year later they decided to visit him in Africa where he was put. Scientists said that lions would never remember their human parents after such time separated. Something that this film contradicts. It was a reunion that you will never forget.
In 1969 Ace Bourke and John Rendall were two young Australian travellers who had just arrived in London when they bought a lion cub from Harrods department store. It was an impractical “impulse” buy, but while he was a cub they felt they could look after him as well as anyone, and do their best to secure his future. They called him Christian.
Ace and John lived with Christian on the King’s Road, Chelsea and when Christian grew too big they moved to the country until it was arranged for Christian to be returned to the wild in Kenya.
Two documentaries entitled The Lion from World’s End, and Christian the Lion were made about his life in London, his return to Africa, George Adamson assembling a “man-made” pride around Christian, and his rehabilitation back into the African wild. Ace and John also wrote A Lion Called Christian (1971) which was re-published in 2009 with superb photographs by Derek Cattani who documented Christian’s early life.
Forty years later the YouTube clip featuring Christian’s unforgettable reunion with Ace and John, a year after his return to Africa, introduced a new world audience who are intrigued and enchanted by Christian’s extraordinary story. With the mutual love and trust he shared with Ace and John, he has become a symbol of the potential of human-animal relationships and the importance and urgency of animal and wildlife conservation.
2. Daniel Rickard Reuter