Christian was born on the 12th August 1969 in Ilfracombe Zoo, Devon, UK. As most of you are aware, we don’t know what happened to Christian. He was last seen by George Adamson in 1973 setting off in the direction of Meru National Park, Kenya. We like to assume he created his own pride and lived happily for quite a few more years. Free. Lions live approximately 10-12 years in the wild, although up to 18 years in captivity.
These photographs are stills taken from my Super 8 footage on our visit to Christian in 1972. I never saw Christian (or George Adamson) again.
I don’t advise kissing lions – unless you know them very very well! George Adamson loved lions above all other animals, especially their capacity for love and trustworthiness. However, he did say “why should we expect lions to be more trustworthy (and predictable) than humans?”.
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