I recall quite a few mistakes, the biggest being the following: One wonders why an author and editor would release or in this case, release an updated version of a book without checking their facts. I absolutely adored the lion throughout the book, and it was wonderful to read about him gaining his freedom.
Ace Bourke and John Rendall were two young travellers from Australia who had just arrived in London inand on their first visit to Harrods saw and very unexpectedly bought a lion cub. Ace and John became enamored with one of the cubs who seemed particularly sweet-tempered and playful, and eventually decided to buy him.
After several months, George finally found the perfect spot to return Christian to the wild, and everyone traveled to Kenya to begin the work. In and London photographer Derek Cattani took many superb photographs of Christian at home, in the shop and in a garden. The lion in the store window became quite the curiosity to passersby, and seemed to endear himself to everyone he met.
I apologize for generalizations in this review; I read the book a while ago and I have no interest in picking it up again to get quotes. To quote the page linked above: They named him Christian as an ironic comment on Christians being fed to the lions historically, and to challenge stereotypes.
Almost from the moment they bought him, the friends began looking for suitable arrangements for Christian when the time came. He also had a very big personality.
Consequently there is a marvellous record of this charismatic and photogenic lion whose incredible life story is still fascinating people over 40 years later. Although Christian had a couple of frightful moments that were a stark reminder of the wild creature that he was, thankfully, no one was seriously injured, and all in all, he sounded like a wonderful animal that it would have been a pleasure to know.
It is far and away a better book on all fronts.
A few months later he and his sister were sold to the prestigious Harrods department store in London, probably to be used for publicity for the Christmas shoppers. Aug 17, Kerri Duff rated it really liked it Heartwarming and very interesting. Christian lived in the large basement below Sophistocat; the antique pine furniture shop where Ace and John worked.
Derek also photographed Christian in several sessions on different occasions at various locations over London.
Katania was possibly devoured by crocodiles at a watering hole; another female was killed by wild lions; and Boy was severely injured, afterwards losing his ability to socialize with other lions and humans, and was shot by Adamson after fatally wounding an assistant.
They lived with Christian in London on the Kings Road in Chelsea, and Christian fitted in very well to London at that time when owning an exotic animal was not unheard of and before the Endangered Species Act of These documentaries are now available under the title of Christian the Lion, and are available from the Born Free Foundation.
His progeny are probably living there today.
Christian was originally acquired by Harrods from the now-defunct zoo park in Ilfracombe. The area in which they worked seemed to be a draw for the wealthy and celebrities, and as luck would have it, the pair had the good fortune to meet Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, the stars of the motion picture, Born Free.
Christian seemed like the most gentle, even-tempered lion one could ever hope to encounter. Reading this book has also stirred my interest in checking out Born Free. The film shows the lion at first cautiously approach and then quickly leap playfully onto the two men, standing on his hind legs and wrapping his front legs around their shoulders, nuzzling their faces.
Bill and Virginia also wanted to make a documentary about this remarkable lion. The second reunion lasted until the next morning.A Lion Called Christian by John Rendall Hardback Book The Fast Free Shipping See more like this A Lion Called Christian [DVD]  - CD J0VG The Fast Free Shipping This is a DVD from Region 2.
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