Christian the Lion: The Full Story in Pictures
You've seen the sensational video. Now, Born Free Foundation co-founder Virginia McKenna shares the story behind the footage.
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Bill Travers and Christian the Lion in the Sophistocat Furniture Store
"We had a Gypsy caravan in our garden in Surrey, and my husband [Bill Travers] thought he was going to use it as an office, so he wanted a desk. We went to London one day when I was visiting my dressmaker, whose place was just near a furniture shop called Sophistocat. I was there for a little while, and when I came out and Bill wasn't there, I said to the dressmaker, 'That's really odd.' He said, 'Oh, they've got this animal with spots or stripes; I can't remember which.'
Photo: © Virginia McKenna/bornfree.org.uk
Published on October 25, 2011