Friday, March 13, 2009


Lovable Lion Achieves Internet Fame

CHICAGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There’s no “lion” about one Internet superstar’s fame.

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, Christian’s 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 don’t even have that!”

Though Bourke and Rendall don’t regret buying Christian from a department store back in the ’60s, they admit they’d never buy a lion again, and don’t recommend anyone else do it either.

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