Monday, April 13, 2009

Christian the Lion (grab a hanky)

When Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, two recent college graduates from Australia, wandered into the Pet Department in Harrod's of London, England, the last thing they expected to find was a lion cub for sale. Christian the lion quickly won their hearts and before they knew it, they had bought him, brought him home to their London flat, and began the job of, yes, raising a lion cub.

Ultimately, Ace and John knew that Christian was destined to live wild and be free and so, they embarked on a trip to Kenya, where George Adamson was working hard to rehabilitate lions into the wild.

This footage, taken one year after leaving Christian in Adamson's care, shows the remarkable reunion of the best friends: Ace, John, and Christian the lion.

What joy there is in true friendship...


Kathy said...

Oh Laura...I saw this a while back and BAWLED MY EYES OUT!! It's so beautiful and powerful and tender!! I hope those of you who haven't seen this yet take the time to watch it!! It will touch your hearts and lift your spirits! Glad you posted this!!

The Book Gobbler said...

Oh my goodness! I KNOW! I did the same is SO incredibly moving, I can't even describe it. This is one of those instances where pictures - moving pictures - truly speak louder than words.