Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Heart of a Lion

A website that I visit often is Snopes is a great internet resource when trying to determine if the many things we read on the web or that we receive in e-mail forwards are actually true. In fact, my dad was just sharing a funny story that he had recently heard a speaker share. Though funny, I doubted the veracity of it. Sure enough, a quick visit to Snopes told me that particular story was an urban legend.

One of the stories that has apparently been circulating around the web is the story of a lion named Christian. It is told that a couple of young men in London bought a lion cub and raised it in their home. And as lions do, this cute little cub grew to close to 200 pounds in a year and they had to get rid of it.

Through some various circumstances, Christian was sent to live in Kenya. After being apart from the lion for some time, the men traveled to Africa to see him one last time. This is actually a true story and you can read more about it here. Not only that, but the reunion between the young men and the lion was all caught on videotape. It's quite touching and you can view it below or here if the video player doesn't show up.

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