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The Lion Cub from Harrods (2009)

TV Movie  |  Documentary  |  24 March 2009 (UK)
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This documentary tells the heart warming story of Christian, a lion cub purchased from a London department store in the late 60's and successfully released into the African wild three years... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
George Adamson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Anthony Bourke ...
Boy ...
Adult Male Lion (archive footage)
Christian ...
Lion (archive footage)
Tony Fitzjohn ...
Katania ...
Lioness Cub (archive footage)
John Rendall ...
Himself (archive footage)


This documentary tells the heart warming story of Christian, a lion cub purchased from a London department store in the late 60's and successfully released into the African wild three years later. Featuring original archive footage and photographs of Christian's life in London and Kenya, the story is told by all the key players in interviews filmed in 2009. Written by Anon.

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Touching account of two men raising a pet Lion in London then releasing it in Africa.
22 March 2013 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time I visited Harrods, the London department store, in the 1980s. It really has almost everything, and apparently back in the 1960s (maybe even earlier) Harrods had a section that sold zoo animals. For the customer who had to have the exotic.

This is a story of two men who found two Lion cubs, one a male the other a female, for sale at Harrods. They took pity on the poor male cub and bought him for what would be about $3000 today. They brought him home, named him Christian, and kept him in their apartment.

Soon Christian the Lion became too large and too rambunctious for only the apartment so they found a place to let him run and play, the fenced-in cemetery of a nearby church. With permission of the Vicar, of course. The Lion behaved just like a good pet, just much larger. He was fond of jumping into his owners' arms, and treating them like his parents.

But as Christian continued to grow eventually it became clear he needed even more room. A zoo or circus was out of the question, but they located a refuge in Kenya that specialized in grooming animals to be turned into the wild eventually.

This is a very nice story of a Lion, but an even better story of two men who cared for their pet Lion and did what was best for him. The most touching moment was probably when they visited Christian one year after he had been in Kenya, and had his own pride of two young females. When he recognized the two men, his former owners, he began to walk faster and faster until he was jumping on them like old times.

A very nice film.

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