March Goes Out Like A Lion

melanie Not since Gone With The Wind, when Melanie spies her husband, Ashley Wilkes, a tiny, limping figure emerging on a path, returning world-weary from the war, and makes a tearful, mad dash, arms open wide, running across the open fields of Tara to welcome him home, has there been such an emotional, heart-wrenching reunion until the reunion of Christian the Lion, and his surrogate parents, Australians John Rendall and Anthony Bourke, who purchased Christian at Harrod’s as a cub in 1969. Nearly a year later, Christian, having outgrown his rectory playground, was flown to Kenya, and reintegrated into the wild. The following year, his human family went to visit him in his new home in Africa. In December of last year, a video of their reunion surfaced on Youtube, flooded the internet, and left millions crying to the tune of Whitney Huston’s warbling of I Will Always Love You.


Of course, like all things hip and cool, I missed it. And, when I brought it up at knitting circle on Wednesday nights, enough other people had missed it that posting this lovely bit of schmaltz – a veritable animated Hallmark card – on the last Friday in March, my least favorite month, seemed appropriate.


So Happy Almost End of March! Enjoy!


  1. Maura March 27, 2009

    I saw this video the first time around, but it made me just as teary seeing it again. I’m such a sap, but I love it!

  2. Lisa March 27, 2009

    I always cry when I see this and still watch it over and over.

  3. Mariss March 28, 2009

    That just made me tear up!

  4. Bridget March 28, 2009

    This is the best, no matter how many times you see it.


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