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Aug 05, 2008

Encore Presentayshe: SING IT, WHITNEY!

This is an encore presentayshe of Christian the Lion. This version has Whitney Houston belting it out in the background, timed perfectly with the lion leap is just *too moshe* to handle.

Joanna A., I wish a local vicar would let ME play on his field. Oh, and I will always love you.

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Really great video

Sonora
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 07:52 AM

dang it! Everytime I watch this I bawl!

paulajeanne
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 07:56 AM

I'm glad I'm not the only one!

Jessica
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:00 AM

i'm crying!

heather
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:00 AM

*sob*

Julie
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:07 AM

I saw this on MSN and bawled like a baby a couple of weeks ago. Saw it here, cried again. That song was just perfect. Just seeing the pure joy on the lion's and those men's faces did it for me.

shandrewsca
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:12 AM

18... the number of times I have seen that video AND still cry!!!

AngiePangie
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:20 AM

Love love love love love this story!!! Animals are usually so grateful when they are rescued. Can you imagine how awful it was for him to be in a cage in a freaking department store when he was just a baby? Ghastly! And then to be rescued and loved and returned to the wild - Yay! And then for Christian's "wife" to let the guys pet her?! Remarkable! And how Christian just couldn't hold back his joy at seeing them again and his affection for them? BESTEST!

sunnymum
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:22 AM

That made me cry, too! That's so sweet that he remembered them and was so happy to see them.

Courtney
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:23 AM

In the London Times today, is a letter from Virginia Mckenna one of the founders of the Born free Foundation, that says that having a lion on sale in Harrods, would no longer be allowed today and (sorry to rain on your parades) Christian had only been rehabilitated for a year, at the time of this meeting, so probably danger of an attack unlikely.

Hon Glad
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:24 AM

After the last time this was posted, I ordered "Born Free" on my Netflix. I watched it last weekend, and it is amazing how similar Elsa's reaction to the Adamsons [when they come find her after a year in the wild] is to Christian's and his guys. But, minus the cheesy soundtrack, I didn't cry nearly as much ; )

marishka
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:31 AM

didn't you post this like....a month ago?

james
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:36 AM

James: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/encore

Now, I might concede that this has been re-posted a little too soon, maybe. But to be fair, this clip of Christian the lion was (and is) a super-favorite.

Theo
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:44 AM

James: that's why it's titled "Encore Presentayshe" We love it when Meg brings back a fav every once in a while (saves us from digging through the archives).
And yes, I too cried AGAIN! And I thought I was over that song a long time ago...but this lovely moment just makes it work all over again!

MandaBain
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:50 AM

Yeah, that's just one of the most awesomest things I've ever seen. Before this was posted the last time, I knew nothing about it, too young. So thanks C.O. for showing me this priceless gem!

Erebella
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 08:53 AM

I saw these guys on the news recently talking about all the attention the video has gotten. They are so amazed that after all this time their story still touches people. Both men have continued to support animal causes in Christian's name. How cool!

Noelle
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:02 AM

I can not watch this - I cry every single time. I love it though and love what George Adamson and his wife did with their lives.

Kris
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:02 AM

It's the return of American Maudlin Sentimentality Sountrack Song. LOL.

This is a sweet story, though.

(the original) Mel
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:02 AM

This is just like watching that scene in Feed the Kitty where Marc Anthony was reunited with Pussyfoot.

*sniff*

David
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:04 AM

Ahhhhhhhhnnnnnnnnnn!

*melts into gooey puddle under desk at work*

*splort*

ButtaRumCake
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:04 AM

Ugh, this still makes me cry like a sissy girl.

Lyndse
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:15 AM

I have cried in frustration, in pain, in loneliness, by far this crying is much better. There are some people who have forgotten that this is a big wide, wonderful world, and even sentimentality has its place.

I am happy(?) to cry at something as moving as this. That is what tears are for.

Katrina
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:16 AM

I am soooo glad I am home alone - I don't think I have had a good, blubbering cry in a long time. That video just tapped into what I imagine when I die. I always picture all of the cats and dogs (all rescued) coming to take me "home" when we see each other again.

kmira
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:29 AM

oh geez... blubbering here...
and I have a great story for you peeps about animals remembering...
My dad died four weeks ago and I brought his cat home with me. She was a foster cat of mine 4-1/2 year ago, and she had a *very* difficult time adjusting to a multi-cat household. She was just miserable for months. So when my parents wanted to adopt a cat, I told them I had the perfect cat that needed to be an only child. Perfect home for her. So short story... she was again very unhappy about joining the multi-cat household a month ago. Only this time she has adjusted remarkably quickly, and in only about a week, she was getting along and seems happy. So the clincher is (get tissues ready) the past two mornings, she has come into the bathroom while I'm getting ready and sat on the toilet until I pick her up. Then she puts her little paws around my neck and gives me kisses. Of course causing me to choke up and mess up the mascara I've just put on... How's that for remembering? And she'll always remind me of my dad too...

ceejoe
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:42 AM

If you turn the volume down when you watch it, it's easier to not cry.

Erebella
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:45 AM

These two guys were just on the Today show last week about this nothing really new except that Meredith Viera asked if they were scared Christian would maul them, and she didn't believe them when they said they weren't. Clearly he wouldn't have mauled them! I love this video, it's my favorite.

Barbara
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:47 AM

Me too. Me too. Reduced to a sniffling bucket of happy tears.

johnny
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:51 AM

Lyndse: Looking at your Facebook entry, You are a sissy girl. :0}

Hon Glad
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:54 AM

Awesome video, so moving! I'm crying, too! It's ridiculous. Thanks! :)

meerkat
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 09:58 AM

Hi Ceejoe, my condolences on the loss of your dad. One of the reasons I love my cats so much is that they seem to know just when I need some extra love. It seems like your cat knows the same thing.

browngrl
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 10:01 AM

You guys! Every time I watch this I cry !! I can pretty much hold it together but as soon as the lion come running and Whitney busts out the "IiiiiiEEEEEiiiiiiiiii" I lose it!!!!

Jessica
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 10:11 AM

I've never actually heard the sound on this video (no sound card at work) but belive you me, I cry like I did when Henry Blake died on MASH. Like when Buffy slew Angel right as he was remedmbering who he really was......

Kat
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Methinks I need to pay more attention when I read the titles of posts. I swore it said "Sing it, Whitey!"

yankeebird
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Our beloved cat Beanie, was unfortunately lost when he was about 4 years old. (We think he got lost in a storm drain, as we saw him crawl down shortly before he went missing...) We checked the shelters for a while, with no luck. After about three years, we had long since assumed he had been killed. One day out of the blue, we got a call from the city animal shelter. They had scanned his microchip and we still had the same phone number. I immediately rushed to the shelter and they led me to the holding area. Beanie was in a cage at the back of the room. We looked each other in the eyes, and he said "Meow?" and I screamed "Beanie!!!" I am 1000% certain that he recogized me instantly on sight. I scooped him into my arms and brought him home. We brought him to his favorite sofa and he happily sat there for about three days before getting the courage to explore the rest of the new house (we had moved). He meshed right back into the family life, even doing the same magical things that made us love Beanie so much (bringing gifts of flower petals, pine needles, and dried leaves onto the doormat).

Cats (big and small) are awesome!!!

JC
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 10:43 AM

OH my gosh!! I can't believe the joy in the Lion's face when he saw "his humans"! Talk about love! It is amazing that the female allowed them to pet her too. Quite a phenominal story. Thanks for sharing *sniff, sniff*

Lioness
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 10:46 AM

I'm so glad I didn't wear any mascara today!

[What, you don't have the waterproof stuff? - Ed.]

[...OK OK, so I don't either. I always just borrow Chris Crocker's. - Ed.]

TamaraRose
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Yankeebird - you made me choke on my diet Pepsi LOLOL!!

JC - Awesome story *wipes tears*

ButtaRumCake
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:00 AM

CEEJOE - Awesome story as well...that one REALLY choked mne up. *hugs* on the loss of your dad *sigh*

ButtaRumCake
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:01 AM

This video could be the one definitive entry on cuteoverload. No others needed, just Christian over and over. It could be sponsored by Puffs.

katerpie
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Aw, come on, I have to go out of the house and pick up my son from work- stop making me cry!

Yeah, I know it is my own crying-nobody's making me read this- for you big, tough non-criers!

Beanie!!!! I'm running out of tissues!

Ceejoe, my best wishes and condolences go to you and your family.

Katrina
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:06 AM

okay i cannot stop crying.

ASRA
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:07 AM

Why am I totally crying??

Elizabeth
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Ugh, Kat! You had to mention Henry Blake! Gawd...the tears had finally stopped then I went and read your comment. Waaaaaa!

Deb
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Ceejoe, I'm sorry about your dad and I'm happy you have your kitty.

JC - Beanie!!!Such a great story! OMG that cat must have felt like he hit the lottery! And you too!

sunnymum
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Yesterday on the radio, the talk show host was laughing about how her brother said he couldn't stop crying when he saw this video. Their engineer pulled it up and started looking at it. They all started saying, "oh my god! oh my god! This is incredible. Now I understand!" (wasn't the whitney version though).

Joanna
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:29 AM

http://flickr.com/photos/olas/273431485/

More to the story, was that Beanie was later lost sadly to heat stroke.

We miss all our kitties who have left for kitty heaven.

NC
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:30 AM

This made both me and my sister cry.
And they say that animals don't have feelings. That they don't remember things or people.

maya
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:50 AM

JC, my cat JB left home last Christmas. Like you, I've given his picture and description to the local shelters and put up posters in the neighborhood. I haven't heard from him yet, but your story gives me a lot of hope. Maybe JB will be able to come back home one day. And yes, this clip always makes me cry. I think the two guys said on the Today show that they were able to visit Christian a couple more times? Anyway, what a trip.

marsheeeee
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:53 AM

I have a neighbor that still rocks that same haircut as blond guy.

Pussytoes
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I have a neighbor that still rocks that same haircut as blond guy.


I literally L'dOL Pussytoes!He doesn't have that haircut, or wear that haircut, he rocks it!

sunnymum
 |  Aug 05, 2008 at 12:06 PM

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