In 1969 a younger Australian, John Rendall and his pal Ace Bourke, purchased a small lion cub from Harrods pet division, which was then authorized. ‘Christian’ was saved in the basement of a furnishings store on the Kings Road in Chelsea, the coronary heart of the swinging sixties. Loved by all, the affectionate cub ate in a neighborhood restaurant, performed in a close-by graveyard, however was rising quick…
An opportunity encounter with Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna led to a brand new life for Christian. He got here to stay in an enormous enclosure and to sleep in a caravan at their Surrey residence. Then in 1971 he was flown to Kenya, his ancestral residence, 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 the moment.
It was an emotional reunion: “He ran in the direction of us, threw himself onto us, knocked us over and hugged us, along with his paws on our shoulders.”
Christian’s story. Directed by Bill Travers, commentary by Virgina McKenna, founders of the Born Free Foundation.
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