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A Lion Called Christian tells the remarkable story of how Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, visitors to London from Australia in 1969, bought the boisterous lion cub in the pet department of Harrods. For several months, the three of them shared a flat above a furniture shop on London’s King’s Road, where the charismatic and intelligent Christian quickly became a local celebrity, cruising the streets in the back of a Bentley, popping in for lunch at a local restaurant, even posing for a fashion advertisement. But the lion cub was growing up--fast--and soon even the walled church garden where he went for exercise wasn’t large enough for him. How could Ace and John avoid having to send Christian to a zoo for the rest of his life? A coincidental meeting with English actors Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, stars of the hit film Born Free, led to Christian being flown to Kenya and placed under the expert care of “the father of lions” George Adamson. Incredibly, when Ace and John returned to Kenya to see Christian a year later, they received a loving welcome from their lion, who was by then fully integrated into Africa and a life with other lions.
Originally published in 1971, and now fully revised and updated with more than 50 photographs of Christian from cuddly cub in London to magnificent lion in Africa, A Lion Called Christian is a touching and uplifting true story of an indelible human-animal bond. It is destined to become one of the great classics of animal literature.A Look Inside A Lion Called Christian
Animal lover here. I wanted this book to be about Christian. It WAS but there was a lot of "filler" (I suppose to lengthen the book? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Monica M. Horn
This is an amazing story about two young men dedicated to making the best life for their pet lion.Published 1 month ago by D. Jaecks
After seeing the video about Christian (several times), I had to read the book, see the photos, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Francesca Beahan
I bumped into a video in youtube and bought this book to read and i was not disappointed! May be lot of stuff they did was for publicity and generate money out of it.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pradeep Nagaraja
An amazing story about a beautiful lion and the very kind people who cared for him. A quick read filled with emotion. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PP O N E