This is one of the most popular videos that was widely circulated through emails, and shared on all major social networking platforms. The video explains the touching story of a Lion that was raised by two people in London. The story says that when the lion got too big for them to keep, they shifted it to African forest. And a year later, when they visited Africa, the lion remembers them and comes out of the wild for a joyful reunion. All this drama was caught on video.
Hoax or Fact:
Mixture of hoax and facts.
John Rendall and his friend Ace Berg, the people in the video are in fact Australians who bought the lion cub from Harrods in London in 1969 and named it Christian. Christian, the Lion was brought up as a pampered cat in the basement of Rendall's flat in Chelsea for almost an year. Very soon Christian grew large, when Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, actors of the film film Born Free, walked into the store to see Christian. Born Free is the true story of a lion cub named Elsa that was rehabilitated into the African forest by the conservationist George Adamson and his wife Joy.
Since it became a big task to maintain Christian Lion, they decided to hand it over to Adamson for relocating it to African forest. Rendell and Berg left Christian to adapt to the wild environment under the care of Adamson. After a span of nine months in 1974, Rendell and Berg decided to visit
Christian for a final goodbye. To their surprise, Kenya Adamson told them that the Lion Christian was not seen for the past nine months, and it had arrived just the night before with his pride of lionesses and cubs, almost as if he had known they were coming.
When the two men arrived to meet Christian who was sitting on his favorite rock outside the camp, the Christian Lion recognizes them instantly and jumps over them to hug. It was a heart touching re-union captured on camera. This video and story of Christian, the lion became so popular that a book and a film were also developed on it.