The Christian the Lion YouTube video, which shows the heartfelt reunion of a lion and his former owners in 1971, has become an Internet sensation seen more than 45 million times.
Now, Christians human friends featured in the video, Anthony Bourke and John Rendall, are telling the entire story behind their friendship with the animal in their book A Lion Called Christian: The True Story Of The Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends And A Lion (Broadway Books).
Bourke says the video has touched many people and shares, We really loved Christian, and he loved us back.
Since the video, Christian has become the most famous lion in the world.
Rendall says, Christian has a Facebook fan club and even a Wikipedia page. We dont even have that!
Though Bourke and Rendall dont regret buying Christian from a department store back in the 60s, they admit theyd never buy a lion again, and dont recommend anyone else do it either.
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