Friday, March 02, 2012

A Lion called Christian


In 1969, two young Australians Anthony Bourke and John Rendall visited Harrods in London and bought a young Lion cub on impulse. They brought him home to their flat and named him Christian.

Christian soon grew both in size and popularity, that the men's flat became too small for the him. So Anthony and John decided to relocate Christian to Africa to release and introduce him to the wild. Christian found his new home in Kora National park, Kenya. A year after, a reunion took place.. a beautiful experience way beyond words.

In 2006, a Californian student posted the clip of the reunion with Christian on YouTube and then became an internet sensation.





This video may be restricted from playback on certain sites/locations. Watch it on YouTube. I really recommend it.

I know that this video has been on YouTube for years now, but dang, every single time I watch it, I cry.
It's so amazing.. so wonderfully beautiful. A very powerful and touching reunion between two men and the King of beasts.


YouTube - A Lion Called Christian - Their Story (Animal Planet)
Wikipedia - Christian the lion
Animal Planet - A Lion called Christian

* Images from Google


35 comments:

  1. watched this video 2008 pa yata. ang ganda at ang galing! nakilala pa sila ng lion

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    1. Oo nga eh.. Christian never did forget about them.. it's very beautiful. :)

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  2. Wow. The bond between humans and animals never ceases to amaze me. I had never seen the video(yes, I live under rocks), so I thank you for pointing it out.

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    1. Of course. You're very welcome.. :)

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  3. oh yeah. i have read this on reader's digest years ago. and truly ate leah, this is a story worth reading. ^_^ two thumbs up.

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    1. Yes, it is. I will be looking for the book... Gusto kong basahin ang buong estorya.

      Two thumbs up for Christian! XD

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  4. Hindi ko mapanuod yung vid.,nakablock dito office.huhu.

    anyway, galeng naman. loyal pa din si christian sa magkapatid, knowing na wild animal siya. ehhehe

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    1. Awts.. sayang hindi mo to napanood. Balikan mo sana at panoorin, you won't regret watching the videos. :)

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  5. watched this two years ago or something and it made me actually cry :/ the story was so sweet! and the reunion with the lion AWWWWW!

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    1. A beautiful moment.. I uttered the exact same thing, then my eyes began to water. Tsk. Damn onions. lol..

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  6. naiyak akoh sa video.. yeah i watched these one a thousand times na ren... but everytime i watch it it touch my heart... nakakatuwah... isipin moh lion syah parang aso lang ang pagka-friendly sa amo nilah... he's so excited to see them... so sweet... hugg pa nang hugg... ayon... i think i wanted to read the book den. thanks for sharin' this te... take care.. Godbless!

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    1. Actually, una kong naisip.. Baka hindi sila makilala ni Christian at bigla silang lapain. It's a Lion. The King of beasts! But Christian proved me wrong.. At yung reunion nila, it was incredible. :)

      Hahanapin ko din talaga ang book sa NBS. hihi..

      You're welcome, Dhianz.. Godbless! :)

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    1. Aww.. nakakaiyak nga namang talaga. Tissue, you want? :)

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  8. eto yung pinanood mo kagabi ate leah..

    touching T_T

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    1. may full story po pla siya ...

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    2. Hehe. Oo, eto yung videos. XD Napaiyak talaga ko dito kagabi. Yes, meron syang full story. Meron ding syang book.. :)

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  9. I've seen that one before, I believe. Gosh, this is so amazing. The we-sell-exotic-animals part makes me flinch, but otherwise it's a really lovely story! <3

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    1. It was incredible. I was smiling and crying at the same time, while watching the videos. Christian's an amazing lion.. :)

      I did too, actually.. but back then, that was legal. Also, having exotic animals as pets was considered cool. o_O

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  10. First time to see the video, it made me cry.

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    1. Awww.. Kakatouch nga naman kasi. :)

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  11. Yes, we've seen this video dati. Pero di pa rin nawawala yung awww effect niya. :))

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    1. True.. Kung papanoorin ko ulit to, 10 years after, ganun pa rin malamang ang epekto.. mapapaiyak pa din ako. :)

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  12. They have lived my dream. I'll have to deal with having regular ol housecats.

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    1. They say having cats as pets is great, but it also requires lots of work. Aside from allergies, most cats have behavior problems that can be very frustrating, if not solved.. like sometimes, cats don't use their litter box, or they turn the curtains into shreds, or use the furniture as a tool to exercise their claws.. :P

      Well, that's what my friend told me, when I told him that I wanted to have a pet cat. This was years ago, before I had my dogs.. I still want to.. but well.. my dogs. hmm..

      Good luck, Mark. :)

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  13. Waaaah, kakaiyak, lalo na yugn 3rd picture. Talagang yumayakap pa si Christian.

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    1. Pag napanood mo yung videos, mas maiiyak ka pa.. XD

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  14. i thought the lion would be not as nice nung malaki na siya.... but his bond with his human friends obviously deep... this is amazing, thanks for sharing the videos! :)

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    1. Akala ko nga, lalapain talaga sila. One year na din kasing nasa wilderness si Christian. It's amazing the lion still remembered them.. :)

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  15. puts my little kitten to shame

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  16. I'd never seen that before. So cute. Thanks for sharing :)

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  17. Yeah I remember seeing this awhile back

    It also reminds me of the time my girlfriend said to me "Can we have a Tiger as a pet?" and she was serious

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  18. I find it amazing they were able to buy a lion cub lol!

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