A Feel Good Story : Christian the Lion Reunited
In 1969 a young Australian, John Rendall and his friend Ace Bourke, bought a small lion cub from Harrods pet department, which was then legal.
'Christian' was kept in the basement of a furniture shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, the heart of the swinging sixties.
A chance encounter with Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna led to a new life for Christian.
He came to live in a huge enclosure and to sleep in a caravan at their Surrey home.
Then in 1971 he was flown to Kenya, his ancestral home, and returned to the wild by lion-man George Adamson.
Nine months later in 1972, John and Ace returned to Kora in Kenya.
It was an emotional reunion: "He ran towards us, threw himself onto us, knocked us over and hugged us, with his paws on our shoulders." John Rendall