2008年7月28日星期一

Christian the lion (名叫Christian 的獅子)

1969年兩位年青人在英國Harrods 百貨公司看到一只小獅子被困在籠內出售,
因可憐小獅的環境, 而把牠買回家, 並取名Christian,
又得當地教會借出後園給它作短暫玩耍,
一年後, Christian 長大了, 看來已不大可能繼續在London飼養了,
雖然是捨不得,但聽取了專家的意見後,
還是把它送往非洲Kenya的自然保護區。
一年後他們計劃到非洲探訪牠,
專家說Christian已有了自已的獸群了,
可能不會再與兩人相認, 還可能出現危險!
由於很掛念Christian, 他們最終到了Kenya,
到了保護區, 幾經辛苦終找到了Christian 的影蹤,
Christian看到他們, 還慢慢走近, 結果......................
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adYbFQFXG0U







Christian was a lion purchased in 1969 by two Australians living in London, John Rendall and Anthony 'Ace' Bourke (sometimes erroneously cited as Ace Berg) from Harrods department store.[1] They had discovered him for sale in Harrods' exotic pets department and, concerned for his conditions and fate, decided to buy him.
Contents[hide]
1 Relocation and reunion
2 Movie
2.1 Viral video
3 References
4 External links
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[edit] Relocation and reunion
Rendall, Bourke and their girlfriends Jennifer Mary and Unity Jones cared for the lion until it was a year old. Christian's increasing size and the cost of looking after him led them to the realization that they could not keep him in London for much longer.[1] The solution came when Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the film Born Free, visited Rendall and Bourke's furniture shop, where Christian spent his days. They suggested that they ask the assistance of George Adamson, the Kenyan conservationist who, together with his wife Joy, was the subject of their movie. Adamson agreed to help them rehabilitate Christian into the wild at his compound at Kora National Reserve.
Adamson slowly introduced Christian to an older lion 'Boy' and subsequently to a female cub in order to form the nucleus of a new pride. This approach was successful and over the course of several years the pride established itself in the region around Kora.
External images

Christian with London owners John Rendall and Anthony Bourke

Christian with George Adamson at Kora National Reserve.
When Rendall and Bourke were informed by Adamson of the successful result in 1971, they traveled to Kenya to pay one last visit to Christian in order to say goodbye. Adamson warned them that it would most likely be a wasted trip as he had not seen Christian's pride for nine months. However they discovered when they reached Kora that Christian and his pride had returned to Adamson's compound the day before their arrival.
According to Rendall, "We called him and he stood up and started to walk towards us very slowly. Then, as if he had become convinced it was us, he ran towards us, threw himself on to us, knocked us over, knocked George over and hugged us, like he used to, with his paws on our shoulders."
The reunion lasted until the next morning when everyone went to bed. According to Rendall that was the last anyone saw of Christian.
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