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Christian the Lion: A Story worth retelling

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Still one of the most heartwarming stories I've ever come across. A true sign that man and animal can coexist harmoniously. That love and affection goes beyond primal boundaries, and that we are all, human and animal alike, just trying to find our place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4enNZqNrwYc
 
99 out of 100 times that story would end with the dude being a meal. If you really think that I challenge you to go live with some lions and see what happens.
 
It doesn't change this story. I enjoy it, you should to.
 
I'm not saying it's not a nice story but you saying "A true sign that man and animal can coexist harmoniously" is incorrect and a dangerous way of thinking. Again, I challenge you to find your local lion's den and hang out with them. Lets see if man and animal coexist harmoniously.
 
Yeah I mean Im not gonna go raise a great white shark baby then go swim with it 3 years later lol.

I may have been a bit over zealous
 
99 out of 100 times that story would end with the dude being a meal. If you really think that I challenge you to go live with some lions and see what happens.

I'm not saying it's not a nice story but you saying "A true sign that man and animal can coexist harmoniously" is incorrect and a dangerous way of thinking. Again, I challenge you to find your local lion's den and hang out with them. Lets see if man and animal coexist harmoniously.

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It's a nice story. I just wish the lion had a more secular name.
 
Studios are trying to get a movie made. When I get out there fully, I'll try to as well.
 
I'm not saying it's not a nice story but you saying "A true sign that man and animal can coexist harmoniously" is incorrect and a dangerous way of thinking. Again, I challenge you to find your local lion's den and hang out with them. Lets see if man and animal coexist harmoniously.

Christian's human fiends raised him from a cub. It's not like they were just looking to meet up with a random lion.
 
That doesn't change anything.

Raising an animal from its youth and then revisiting it in the wild and approaching a strange wild animal of the same species are two completely different things. Do you think some random wild lion would've reacted the way Christian did?
 
Raising an animal from its youth and then revisiting it in the wild and approaching a strange wild animal of the same species are two completely different things. Do you think some random wild lion would've reacted the way Christian did?

No, I think some random lion would have killed him and 99 times out of 100 a lion in Christian's situation would have eaten the dude who raised him as well. This is an anomaly, a miracle so to speak.

Just ask Roy and the lady who had her face ripped off by the Old Navy chimp.
 
I just dont see it though. Do you have animals? Have you raised a puppy/kitten all its life? The connection you build with an animal is something that can't be explained as easily as your "99 out of 100" argument.
 
I just dont see it though. Do you have animals? Have you raised a puppy/kitten all its life? The connection you build with an animal is something that can't be explained as easily as your "99 out of 100" argument.

I have a cat and that mother****er attacks me on a daily basis. Again, just look at the literally hundreds of cases where an animal attacks their owner. This is not something I make up. At the end of the day a lion is a lion, no matter what the circumstances are behind how it was raised. It's why people don't own lions or tigers (unless you're some sort of eccentric millionaire).
 
Well, cats are a#@ holes anyway. lol

I understand your view on "primal instinct". Im not saying I dont realize there are new reports of family monkey's ripping their owners faces off or what have you.
 
No, I think some random lion would have killed him and 99 times out of 100 a lion in Christian's situation would have eaten the dude who raised him as well. This is an anomaly, a miracle so to speak.

Just ask Roy and the lady who had her face ripped off by the Old Navy chimp.

The Roy Horn attack may not be all it seemed:

Montecore had been trained by Horn since he was a cub; he had performed with the act for six years. Fischbacher, appearing on the Larry King interview program, said Horn fell during the act and Montecore was attempting to drag him to safety, as a mother tigress would pull one of her cubs by the neck. Fischbacher said Montecore had no way of knowing that Horn, unlike a tiger cub, did not have fur and thick skin covering his neck and that his neck was vulnerable to injury. Fischbacher said if Montecore had wanted to injure Horn, the tiger would have snapped his neck and shaken him back and forth.

Former Mirage owner Steve Wynn (who hired the duo in 1990) told Las Vegas television station KLAS-TV the events were substantiated as described by Fischbacher. According to Wynn, there was a woman with a "big hairdo" in the front row who, he says, "fascinated and distracted" Montecore. The woman reached out to attempt to pet the animal, and Horn jumped between the woman and the tiger.

According to Wynn, Horn said, "Release, release," attempting to persuade Montecore to let go of his arm, and eventually striking the tiger with his microphone. Horn tripped over the cat's paw and fell on his back; stagehands then rushed out and jumped on the cat. It was only then, said Wynn, that the confused tiger leaned over Horn and attempted to carry him off the stage to safety. Wynn said that although the tiger's teeth inflicted puncture wounds that caused Horn to lose blood, there was no damage to his neck. Stagehands then sprayed Roy and Montecore with a fire extinguisher to separate the two.

The chimp attacked a neighbor, BTW, not his owner.
 
The point is, those animals were used to being around people and they still attacked. Unless you think they filmed those Old Navy commercials with robots and Siegfried and Roy performed in empty arenas.
 
I just dont see it though. Do you have animals? Have you raised a puppy/kitten all its life?
Not even close to the same thing. These animals have been selectively bred for docile behavior for hundreds (if not thousands) of years.
 
Didn't Roy eventually get mauled by his own tiger.
 
Still one of the most heartwarming stories I've ever come across. A true sign that man and animal can coexist harmoniously. That love and affection goes beyond primal boundaries, and that we are all, human and animal alike, just trying to find our place.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4enNZqNrwYc
I seriously think things would have been different if they'd returned a year or two later, assuming they could find him, since he apparently disappeared after that. Its a nice story, I just feel like eventually any imprint his owners left on him would disappear. After all, tigers, lions, and other animals like them aren't known for living domestically. There has already been several examples provided in the thread, its just a matter of luck that many of these animals don't harm their owners.
 
It's wonderful. Heartwarming story. The second he notices them, how can that not put a smile on your face maybe a tear to your eye, and he shows them his family. I mean come on that's just a magnificent story.
 

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