|Christian with Ace & John|
Christian soon became a popular sight in the World’s End, and could often be seen lying in the shop window. Can you imagine the faces of the passers by;… “I just saw a lion walking in the World’s End, Mabel!”,… “I’m warning you George, lay off the LSD!” John Rendall was asked if they ever thought about the danger to themselves and the public, he replied that they had put faith into the fact that lions are not solitary beasts, but lives in groups and have a friendly nature, adding, "If you have a lion by itself in any circumstances it is going to look for friends. And if there are no other lions it will create a friendship with human beings". However, he also added that a lot of youthful viridity had a hand in the adventure. Happy to say that nothing more damaging than a couple of broken vases occurred in the year Christian stayed with the lads.
|2 World's Enders Playing|
The story doesn’t end there. A year later Ace and John returned to Kenya to visit there mate Christian, and what happened was a most amazing and touching occurrence, the lion, now leader of his own pride, recognised them and was as playful as ever!
Today, Ace Bourke is a museum curator in Australia. John Rendall is a trustee of the George Adamson Wildlife Trust, an organization actively involved in preserving African wildlife. The organization, according to Rendall, is part of Christian's legacy
I like to think that right now there are lions prowling the Kenyan bush who are descendants of Christian, the Lion from the World’s End- Chelsea.