Christian, The lion who thought he was People.

Last night I've slept quite late even though I didn't go fishing. It is because while I was blog hopping to Flanegan blog, I was attracted to one of the video clip that he put up there.

I've already know about the clip but still didn't have the time to watch it. Not until last night I finished watching the whole documentary about Christian, The lion.

Below is the clip that really capture my heart.

Christian's story. Full ending and original soundtrack to the film "Christian, The Lion at World's End". Directed by Bill Travers,Commentary by Virgina McKenna, founders of the Born Free Foundation.

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 caravan at their Surrey home. Then in 1972 he was flown to Kenya, his ancestral home, and returned to the wild by lion-man George Adamson. Nine months later in 1974, John and Ace returned to Kora in Kenya. Christian had not been seen for nine months but appeared the day before them, seeming telepathically to know of their arrival.

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

See for more about this story.

Christian the Lion is distributed by Beckmann Visual Publishing

That is only the ending part of the video. I suggest you spend an a little bit more than 1 hour to watch the whole documentary. So to save your time, I put up the link, that were separated into ten parts.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

I hope that this documentary will open the world eyes to preserve wildlife and their habitat instead of destroying them.

To read a letter from Will Travers, the CEO of Born Free and son of Bill Travers (director of this film) see here

Learn more about George Adamson, the Father of Lions

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