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A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Unique story, boring writing

    After being intrigued by the famous YouTube reunion video of Christian the lion and his masters, I felt the need to read into the background story of how this lion had come to be raised by people and later let out into the wild to fend for himself. The story is told by two men who happen to be browsing through the British department store Harrods, and came across a lion that they spontaneously decide to buy. They raise the cub in their flat above the furniture store that they work at in the city of London. They grow fond of Christian, and seem to raise him adequately well for the first few months of his life. However, Christian is growing rapidly and his owners must decide what to do with him before he grows to be his full size and requires better living conditions. They soon came across the opportunity to send Christian to Africa to be rehabilitated into the wild, as well as the opportunity to have a documentary filmed on Christian in order to pay for the expenses. After the "lion expert", George, finds an adequate place to work with Christian and a couple other lions, Christian, his owners, and the documentary film crew fly down to Africa. After a couple weeks, Christian's owners leave him in the hands of George who attempts to get Christian accustomed to the wild so that one day he will be able to fend for himself. About a year later, the film crew and Christian's owners came down for a reunion with Christian which is what became the YouTube hit many years later, after that part of the documentary was shown on the television show, the View. At about the age of three, Christian was said to be ready to live on his own, when he left his home in Africa never to return. Although the owners of Christian claim that he must have lived a happy life henceforth, I don't know if I believe that, considering the reason for his never returning was most likely just because he died. I don't necessarily believe in how they attempted to rehabilitate a lion that grew up in a city. Christian would have lived a much happier and healthier life if his owners had just sent him to be cared for at a zoo or park. The dialect was rather dry and uninteresting, and the story could have easily been condensed into a much shorter and to the point book. The only reason that I somewhat liked this book was because it was a unique situation and I was interested in reading about how it had been handled. I agree that many endangered animals such as lions need help to be preserved, however I do not believe in the rehabilitation of animals that are not originally born in their natural habitat. If you would like knowing more about Christian, you can watch his documentary Christian the Lion. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this book to others because its boring and uninspirational storyline.

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  • Posted June 21, 2010

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    This is a fascinating tale that I think will captivate the hearts and minds of all animal lovers. I even think that those people who don't like animals, or are indeiferent either way can't help but fall in love with little Christian. This is a well told love story.

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