Hottest YouTube video today — Christian the Lion!
Below is the background story of this very touching and popular (3 million hits and counting!) video. I dare you to watch this and not get misty-eyed! Full story HERE.
Anthony “Ace” Bourke and John Rendall, two Australians living in the hip Chelsea section of London in 1969, one day bought a 35-pound lion cub in Harrods department store. Rendall and Bourke named the lion “Christian” and exercised him in the nearby St. John’s Church yard. After a year, the 35-pound cub had grown to 185 pounds, and feeding him became too expensive. Luckily, Rendall and Bourke made contact with a conservationist in Kenya (George Adamson) and flew Christian there.
In 1974, Adamson lost touch with Christian for three months. When he told Rendall and Bourke, the men decided to make one last trip to Kenya to attempt to say goodbye to Christian. A day before they landed in Kenya, Christian apparently waited for them near the camp. And when Rendall and Bourke finally arrived, the huge lion approaches from a distance, slowly at first. Then recognition sets in, and soon everyone — men and beast — are hugging and crying. And now, it’s time to watch the video! GO GO GO!!! =)