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Jul 01, 2008

Eat your heart out, Siegfried and Roy

Ahhhhhh yeah. This is an oldie but a goodie, People. It's all explained in the video, just press play.

Thank you to the 3.2 Beeeellion people who sent this in. Most recently Rita S-V.

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BLEEN & Sniff!!!

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Anyone who says animals don't feel love, loyalty, or don't remember friends needs to watch this.

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Oh. My.
Just Oh. My.

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:01 PM

Okay, I CRIED. Tears are streaming down my face. Oh my goodness, that was so beautiful.

I'm not that much of a wuss, I swear. * wibble *

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Well that was a total warm fuzzy. How am I going to uphold my reputation as a cold hearted bitch if I get all sentimental at two guys with Keith Partridge hair reunited with their pet lion?

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:04 PM

This is so beautiful.
Every time I see this video, I cry :)

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:04 PM

tears of happiness, they are. and i don't think i've ever cried those before. garwsh.

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Oh wow that made me cry!Is it real? Still, even if it was staged that lion is still the happiest cat I've seen today, and mine got a bowl of milk!

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:18 PM

Awwww! So cute! But if a lion rubbed his face all over mine I would be really, really allergic.

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:20 PM

I adore this video!
But what is it with people adding terrible music to it? The other version I saw had 'Don't Want to Miss a Thing' by Aerosmith. It doesn't NEED music to TELL us it's beautiful and touching!

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:22 PM

It is SO HARD to watch a video thru tear soaked eyes!!! How have I never heard this story? Yeah, animals are unemotional completely instinctual creatures. I'm still crying this is so beautiful. The entire world could learn so much from just this video.


 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:24 PM

And I'm going to try my darndest not to read any comments cause I just can't have the nuffs harshing my high.

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Made me cry too, although I was a little worried that he might, you know, love them to death? The "I-don't-know-my-own-strength-George -can-I-tend-the-rabbits" kind of love. Whew.

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:27 PM

This is to cute.. He such a happy lion. But, one question remains.. They sold LIONS at Harrods!?! Really???

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:32 PM

I gotta stop reading comments. Nothing puts me off more than reading about how people are crying over an video they hardly know anything about.

*sigh* Guess thats why I like animals better than people. Less moronic.

 |  Jul 01, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Wow. I actually cried. That was probably the most amazing thing I've ever seen!

I just love when the lion recognises them and is all like "OMG, you guys!" :D

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 12:12 AM

Oh make my cry the first thing I do in the morning, why dontcha!

This reminded me of the story of Elsa in Born Free.


I had that movie on tape as a child and would watch it over and over -even though I knew my tears would pour every time.

I know these animals are wild at heart, it is still so beautiful to see the connection between human and animal.

*watching the video again*

Thanx for putting this up!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 12:20 AM

*blows nose*

That's amazing.

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 12:26 AM

I'm not crying! You're crying! *sniff* Don't look at me! *sniff sniff*

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 12:47 AM

makes me cry everytime :)

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 01:05 AM

OMG I NEED TISSUES!!!!!!!!!!!! That was awesome. Who's got tissues!? I need em!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 01:28 AM

Thanks for posting the link to the article, Joe.

warrior rabbit
 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 01:31 AM

Astounding. Although when the titles came up I thought it was going to be an Ad for vodaphone -low smoothy voice "Vodaphone, touch someones heart today"

hon glad
 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 01:32 AM

Thanks for this vid! Glad to see Christian in full color. I first read about the three of them in a really old issue of Reader's Digest--March 1972. Thank god my mom kept her old RDs or I wouldn't have known their beautiful story.

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 01:47 AM

I didn't believe this until I read the Daily Mail article - what a story!

It brought back memories of how we treated animals in the 50s and 60s, when I was a kid. In England, circuses had "menageries" which you could walk round and often there were leopards or other wild cats in tiny cages (12 foot by 6?). I remember seeing one which spent all day walking forwards, flipping back, walking forwards, flipping back...

We've come a long way since then - something good to think about (as well as this story, sniff!)

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 01:58 AM

The daily mail article mentions a book but I haven't been able to find anything about that with Google. The article was written in 2007 so you'd think the book would be out by now...anyone know anything about it?

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 03:12 AM

Den dey went back next year, but he eated dem.

Paul D. Waite
 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 03:15 AM

I love this video.


Those guys are really cute too.

So much love.

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 03:22 AM

one minute i'm completely fine watching this video, eating a slice of pizza and the next, i'm a tear-soaked mess, crying into said slice of pizza. thanks cuteoverload. waaaaaaaaaah!!! love knows no bounds. though the music was cheesier than my pizza.

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 03:43 AM

OMG I am absolutely BAWLING. I love how incredibly happy everyone was - the people and the lions. Oh damn, here I go again... *sniff!*

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 04:00 AM

OMG that was AWESOME. Again, teared up! Cant... help... it....

especially when the lion sees them and he's like "is it... is it reall you??" and then whitney starts wailing "and IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII...."

lost it right there.

thanks for posting!!!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 04:08 AM

As absolutely lovely as this video/story is, something seems a bit off (and I'm not normally the one to be the party-pooping "SCEPTIC!" about these sorts of things). I can't quite put my finger on it, but something is a bit... hmm. It's almost *too* perfect, y'know? But still; always wonderful to see a lion lick and snuggle the death out of 2 fully-grown men. :)

(PS: was he really the head of a pride? I thought they were supposed to have ginormous manes and whatnot.)

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 04:08 AM



 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 04:18 AM

That's so sweet :). I had previously seen the version with the Aerosmith song, which I liked even better than this, but it's a heartwarming video either way.

Christine H
 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 04:41 AM

I love this video. I have seen it quite a few times over the past few weeks. I too, sat here at work and C.R.I.E.D.
Thank you for the link to the article!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:09 AM

Hey, if you're gonna add heartwrenchingly cheesy music, I think this video has it hands down over the Aerosmith version that somebody emailed me last week. It's much better edited, it actually fits the music, and it's longer, with footage of Christian the cub romping in the vicarage garden with his two human dads. Thanks Meg for posting this!

Here again is the link to the Daily Mail story:


The real story is even better than the video captions. They didn't "search for hours", Christian just magically showed up because he telepathically knew they were there. For real!!! I just love a true story, don't you?

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:10 AM

Tissues, I need TIS-SUES.

OMG, that is so beautiful.

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:20 AM

i was totally crying as i watched this. animals are the best people.

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:32 AM

BOOOORRRRNN FREEEEEEEEEE!!! As free as the wind blows...dah dah dah dah DAH...something something...

I would like to mention how fortunate it was that Christian ended up with George Adamson. Although both George and Joy had tragic ends to their lives (both were murdered on separate occasions, about 10 years apart), the effort they put in to help rescued Lions was immeasurable and was completely worth while.

Christian was a very Lucky Lion!!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:33 AM

One of the most heartful and memorable things I have ever seen. So beautiful. Imagine all the animal lovers who die and go to heaven and see their fuzzy loved ones for the second time!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:38 AM

Oh my gosh - I am not a sentimental person, but I'm a little sniffly right now. Such perfect musical timing!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:50 AM

Great start to the day--bawling my eyes out at my desk. Waaaaa!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:54 AM

What a beautiful video.
I was amazed when the female lion cuddled with them too!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:55 AM

AWwwwww, OMG, crying my face off.

That is the cutest, most amazing thing I've ever seen.


I love lions. <3

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:56 AM

I have NO tear left. There are no words to describe the love shown here..

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 05:59 AM

Awwww. Him's just a great big kibby cat.

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 06:06 AM

It's so funny, I actually thought about this video last night and was ready to look it up on YouTube today! Thanks for reading my mind CuteOverload! Now I have to go dry my tears...

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 06:06 AM

Oh my LORD I just finished a bout of gentle weeping over the love in that video, and I think my daughter thinks I'm a little crazy now. But that's okay. What a beautiful video!

 |  Jul 02, 2008 at 06:08 AM


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