Lion called Christian


#juan
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A story about a couple guys who bought a lion cub in London. The tried to raise it in their apartment and the lion just got too big. After trying all kinds of things they got the idea of taking the lion to Africa. It was a struggle but it was very successful. And a hell of a thing to watch.Millions have watched the video.



[QUOTE=#juan;1893792]A story about a couple guys who bought a lion cub in London. The tried to raise it in their apartment and the lion just got too big. After trying all kinds of things they got the idea of taking the lion to Africa. It was a struggle but it was very successful. And a hell of a thing to watch.Millions have watched the video.

A lion called Christian – The whole Documentary (Full length) | 2012: What's the 'real' truth? (external - login to view)
 
Blackleaf
#2
Yeah. I've seen this documentary. Back in the Sixties and Seventies it was actually quite a common thing in Britain for people to keep big cats, like lions and tigers, as pets because in those days it was legal. It was actually not unusual to walk down a street in London and see a tiger or other big cat being walked on a lead like a dog.

When I was a kid back in the late Eighties I used to have a book - Born Free - about Elsa the Lioness.

Elsa the lioness (c. January 1956 to January 24, 1961) was raised by British game warden George Adamson and his Austrian wife Joy Adamson in Kenya (which was then still part of the British Empire). Elsa and her two sisters, "Big One" and "Lustica", first came under the care of the Adamsons when only a few weeks old. They had become orphaned when George was reluctantly forced to kill their mother during one of his safaris. (He was hunting for a male maneater, but when a female charged him, he fired in self defence. After the lioness was dead, it was apparent that she was defending her cubs.) Her two sisters were eventually sent to the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands, while Elsa herself remained with the Adamsons until she was released into the wild, following the Adamsons' efforts to train her to survive on her own.

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#juan
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Yeah. I've seen this documentary. Back in the Sixties and Seventies it was actually quite a common thing in Britain for people to keep big cats, like lions and tigers, as pets because in those days it was legal. It was actually not unusual to walk down a street in London and see a tiger or other big cat being walked on a lead like a dog.
When I was a kid back in the late Eighties I used to have a book - Born Free - about Elsa the Lioness.
Elsa the lioness (c. January 1956 to January 24, 1961) was raised by British game warden George Adamson and his Austrian wife Joy Adamson in Kenya (which was then still part of the British Empire). Elsa and her two sisters, "Big One" and "Lustica", first came under the care of the Adamsons when only a few weeks old. They had become orphaned when George was reluctantly forced to kill their mother during one of his safaris. (He was hunting for a male maneater, but when a female charged him, he fired in self defence. After the lioness was dead, it was apparent that she was defending her cubs.) Her two sisters were eventually sent to the Rotterdam Zoo in the Netherlands, while Elsa herself remained with the Adamsons until she was released into the wild, following the Adamsons' efforts to train her to survive on her own.
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Two completely different stories. Elsa was born in Africa. Christian was born in a British zoo and mostly raised in a london apartment. Both are incredible stories. Elsa being able to live in the wild and Christian eventually ruling his own pride. A point that should be made is that both George Adamson and his wife Joy Adamson were both murdered by Africans.
 
Colpy
#4
Sure, all lightness and joy (cue the romantic music and fade out)

But reality BITES:

Quote:

Soon after Adamson moved to Kora, his African assistant was mauled to death by "Boy," a lion used in the Born Free movie and later set loose. (Adamson had to shoot the animal.) Other newly-freed lions also attacked Adamson's brother Terence, now 75, and Adamson's 38-year-old assistant, Tony Fitzjohn.

Two Decades After Born Free, George Adamson, the Surviving Human Friend of the Lioness Elsa, Thrives in the Wild : People.com (external - login to view)

Big cats are VERY dangerous predators, and NO large cat that has lost it's fear of man should ever be released into the wild.
 
Twila
#5
Not everyone can have the relationship with a wild animal that a few select individuals have. There is a uniqueness to the individuals and to the treatment/respect given. It's not something one can learn from a book.

Kevin Richardson is one such individual who understands and RESPECTS lions and hyenas for what they are. But the relationship he has is truly amazing.

There is a gentleman in Abbostford who has this unique relationship with a polar bear, and a girl somewhere who has a close bond with a full grown bull moose! They are some very lucky people to have such a close bond.
 
DaSleeper
#6
Y'all never her of P22 (external - login to view) ???


Some photos.....











 
EagleSmack
#7
Hey maybe BL can show us more pics of feral cats?

Wow... another thread has been hosed.
 

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