“ Authors: Anthony Bourke,John Rendall / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 25 July 2009 / Genre: Earth Sciences & The Natural World / Subcategory: The Natural World / Category: Wildlife / Category: Mammals / Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd / Title: A Lion Called Christian / ISBN 13: 9780553820607 / ISBN 10: 0553820607 / Alternative EAN: 9780593063309 „
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This book is a real tear-jerker, especially if you have watched the You Tube footage of this story & the big reunion - which, if you haven't already, I urge you to do!
It is the true story of two amazing guys, Anthony 'Ace' Bourke and John Rendall who came to visit London from Australia in 1969 and discovered a lion cub for sale in Harrods (it seems that back in those days unfortunately you really could buy anything in there). Taking pity on the little fellow they decided to buy him and look after him themselves. These two guys, despite their total lack of knowledge or experience of how to look after a lion, managed to give this little lion cub the best possible life they could, giving him love and affection, space to grow and run and doing everything they could to ensure he did not end up in a zoo. Whilst he was in their care they worked in a furniture shop where he was able to roam freely - until such a point that he just got too big - and this makes for some hilarious stories. The love, care and consideration that these two men showed for Christian is truly heartwearming.
Following various ups and downs Christian of course became far too big and too much of a handful to be any sort of pet any more and Anthony & John took the decision to relinquish him to the care of George Adamson, another fantastic human being who ran a huge sanctuary in Kenya.
From what started out as a life promising nothing but captivity and boredom, this wonderful tale sees Christian experience real human kindness and blossom into a beautifulcreature who is eventually allowed to live free, as he should. It is packed with lovely pictures and amusing tales, the most touching of which is that when Anthony & John go to see how Christian is getting on in Kenya. I don't think I've ever cried so much with joy as when I watched that You Tube clip! Maybe I am just soft, but this is sure to pull at your heart strings and really restores a little faith in humanity.