The Story of Christian the Lion
In 1969, two friends, John Rendall and Ace Berg, purchased a lion from the Harrods store in London. They named him Christian adn was born in a zoo.
At the time, this lion cub weighed 35 pounds.
The friends raised Christian in their London home. All three hung out in a friend's furniture shop on the weekends. Within a year, Christian had grown to 185 Ibs.
Rendall and Berg realized they couldn't keep him much longer . But, they didn't know what to do with him. A chance encounter changed that.
Two actors from the film Born Free walked into the furniture store.
Don't you just love life's amazing synchronicities!
The actors recommended a conservationist, George Adamson, living in Kenya. Christian was soon in Africa. There he was rehabiliated and released into the wild.
In 1974, Rendall and Berg decided to visit Christian one last time. He was now a wild animal. Adamson told them it was doubtful that Christian could be found. No one had seen him in nine months.
The two flew to Kenya, anyway. On the day they landed, Christian appeared outside Adamson's camp. Somehow, he knew. He waited outside the camp until Rendall and Berg arrived.
This video was taken of their reunion with Christian.