A Lion Named Christian: Awwwwww

You watched the video (if you haven't, click above); soon you'll be able to read the book. What publisher could resist the story of two guys (swingers, really, it was London in 1969) who bought a lion cub at Harrod's and raised him in their flat. When he got too big, they released him in Kenya. Would he remember them a year later? Of course he would. Now Broadway has paid over $100,000 to bring A Lion Named Christian, the book Anthony Bourke and John Rendall wrote in 1972 about their cub, back into print with new photos and updates. What a nice wittle puddy tat!

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  September 16, 2008; 4:12 PM ET Rachel Hartigan Shea
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I thought this was supposed to be a literary blog. . .
Today takes a really disappointing turn.

Posted by: dave | September 16, 2008 6:59 PM

Oh, I never knew there was a book. I recall seeing some documentary (or was it a movie?) about this. I remember something about the concern of whether or not a tame lion would be able to survive in the wild. Broadway probably is well aware of the cat-loving nuts out there who would buy it.

Posted by: Terry, who has a copy of The Cat Owner's Manual on his nightstand | September 16, 2008 10:02 PM

Writers shouldn't use "awwwww." That's lame.

Anyway, this was a touching video until I realized that there's another man (with a staff) that hangs around the lion and his family. (See the extended version on YouTube.) He seems to have found the lion beforehand and reintroduced him to Anthony and John.

Posted by: charlie | September 18, 2008 7:19 PM

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