The tale of Christian the Lion is all over YouTube in the past week and has been seen by millions of people, including, perhaps, my readers. But I hadn't seen it until yesterday and I feel a deep desire to share this to spread the love.
On July 29 Mibsy blogged about this video that had been shown on the Today Show last week (I've found since that it was also played on The View) and that has since swept the Web. I want to thank her for that post with videos that were so wonderful I'll never forget the story or the scenes.
There is an update from the July 30 broadcast of the Today Show featuring the two men who were in the special video made 35 years ago. I'm placing this recent interview conducted by Meredith Vieira first because it shows, once again, the shorter version of the original video.
The video following the interview is the 6-minute full-ending version of the story, narrated by George Adamson's wife (they of Born Free fame). It's extremely stirring and very tender.
As the men explain in the interview, following the death of George Adamson (who is the silver-haired man in the original video) the Mkomazi Wildlife Preserve was established by the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust in his memory, under the name WildlifeNOW. The men who saved Christian at Harrod's Department Store in London and from a certain life in a cage see it as this wondrous lion's legacy as well.
Did you think the lion was sleeping because he didn't roar? - Johann Friedrich von Schiller
The fox provides for himself, but God provides for the lion. - William Blake
Mufasa: Look, Simba. Everything the light touches is our kingdom.
Young Simba: Wow.
Mufasa: A king's time as ruler rises and falls like the sun. One day, Simba, the sun will set on my time here, and will rise with you as the new king.
Young Simba: And this'll all be mine?
Young Simba: Everything the light touches...
- The Lion King (1994)