Monday, August 13, 2007

Here, kitty kitty kitty…

This is Christian.

In the mid-1960s, Christian was living large in London, rolling in a Bentley, going to restaurants, even doing a little modeling. Then, he got bigger. And bigger. Eventually he was rehabilitated back into a pride of lions in Africa.

Christian's story is a fascinating one, so please take a minute to read it here.

Done? Good. You'll then more fully appreciate these two videos.

This one was taken before he was released into the African wild.

This one, which is one of the coolest things I've ever seen, was taken a year after he had been released into Africa. In case you didn't read Christian's story (and if you didn't, go back and read it), here's an excerpt that ties in nicely with this amazing video:
Finally, in 1974, George Adamson wrote to say that the pride was self-sufficient. Christian was defending it. There was a litter of cubs. They were feeding themselves and rarely returned to camp.

The King's Road lion had finally adapted to the wild.

This was a bittersweet moment for all concerned. Rendall and Ace decided to travel to Kora one last time, in the hope of being able to say goodbye, though Adamson warned them that it would almost certainly be a wasted mission.

"Christian hasn't been here for nine months. We have no reason to think he's dead - there have been no reports of lions poached or killed. But he may never come back," he said.

Rendall recalls, "We said: 'OK. We appreciate that, but we'll come anyway and see you.'"

They flew to Nairobi then took a small plane to the camp in Kora, where Adamson came out to meet them.

"Christian arrived last night, " he said simply. "He's here with his lionesses and his cubs. He's outside the camp on his favourite rock. He's waiting for you."

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