About My Blog.

Welcome! This is "Catatonic Digressions."
Most, if not all readers don't understand my blog's title. It's an old inside joke from a forum long gone. I was going to change it, but since it's been "confusing" for so long, I decided to leave it. Don't worry about what it means, the content of the blog is what is important.

Unfortunately, my blog isn't what I set out for it to be. A disturbed and manic online stalker and cyberbully has made it impossible for me to post about family, my son, life in my part of New York...so I stopped (for the most part), and I mostly reblog and repost what I feel is important, necessary or close to my heart. As for the stalking sociopath, she can go to hell for harassing me and my family since mid-2008. You can't scare me offline with a few lame threats and dozens of pages of defamation, abuse, depravity and libel. I'm bitchy like that. ;)
(Anyone who knows me knows I'm not actually a bitch, but let's allow this psychopath to think I'm a bitch to her blackened heart's content—it seems to make her feel she has some sort of control over me…and it does not.)

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Unlike those online who lie and hide behind fake photos and insanely fabricated stories, I'm a real person. I'm real and I don't pretend to be someone I'm not. After years of putting up with online abuse by manipulative, pathological liars, attention whores or narcissists, I've had it. Don't bother me with pathetic drama. I have no time for these types of people and their need to absorb others' time and attention.

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For the Oceans,
Suzanne

Thursday, March 19, 2009

CBS 2 HD News NY Remembers Christian the Lion


I saw this on the news last night, and though I've seen it dozens of times, I had to repost it for those who might not have ever seen or heard of Christian the lion.


CBS 2 HD Remembers: The Lion They Loved

Nearly 40 Years After Remarkable Reunion Between Men And Beast, Former Owners Take Stroll Down Memory Lane


NEW YORK (CBS) ― 
Tens of millions of people have seen the amazing YouTube video of "Christian" the lion, and the emotional reunion with the men who raised him as a cub.

Nearly 40 years later, his former owners remembered their extraordinary experience, and shared their memories with CBS 2 HD.

The video quite simply is astounding. After a year of living in the wild, a young lion named Christian was to be reunited with the only family he knew as a cub. Their reunion was cautious at first, but in only seconds, any apprehension gave way to pure joy.

"It's just wonderful to remember the love we all had for each other, that he loved us and we loved him," John Rendell said.

"It exceeded our expectations without a doubt. We knew he'd remember us. We knew we weren't in any danger. We knew he'd still love us."

It's been nearly four decades since that emotional encounter, but for Rendall and Anthony "Ace" Bourke that moment, and their time raising Christian, is one they will certainly never forget.

"He was such a beautiful lion that everyone we met fell in love with him," Rendall said. "We fell in love with him the moment we saw him."

That moment was in 1969 at Harrods department store in London, where Rendall and Bourke bought Christian for today's U.S. equivalent of about $3,000, and raised him in their flat.

"His routine became so normal that we all just blended in with our lives and it became normality," Bourke said. "It was the spirit of the times, somehow."

But it was inevitable that in a matter of months Christian would outgrow his surroundings.

"Ace and I thought, we've got to give him a chance. It would be a betrayal to send him to a zoo," Rendall said.

Instead, they made arrangements to have him rehabilitated in the wild. It was a dangerous undertaking, because of Christian's domestic upbringing, but, happily, he demonstrated an innate understanding of life in the wild.

"He immediately knew how to fan around in the right direction under cover with his scent downwind," Bourke said. "It was extraordinary. His instincts were not impaired in any way."

And so they left him to his new home, returning a year later to this now-infamous reunion.

And in a newly released video, a year later, the pair met Christian again, as a larger, even more self-assured king of the jungle.

"We were very lucky. We had a wonderful time to live with an animal as wonderful as Christian. It was unique," Rendall said.

"We feel very blessed and very blessed to have this chance to talk about him and make people aware of conservation issues," Bourke added.

Conservation has become a focal point for the pair, as they work to educate, and help preserve natural habitats for animals in the wild.

They have a new book out about their experience with Christian, and will be answering questions at the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday night.

To watch their new video, click here.


(© MMIX, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.)




Christian's story. Full ending and original soundtrack to the film "Christian, The Lion at World's End". Directed by Bill Travers, Commentary by Virgina McKenna, founders of the Born Free Foundation.



In 1969 a young Australian, John Rendall and his friend Ace Bourke, bought a small lion cub from Harrods pet department, which was then legal. 'Christian' was kept in the basement of a furniture shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea, the heart of the swinging sixties. Loved by all, the affectionate cub ate in a local restaurant, played in a nearby graveyard, but was growing fast...

A chance encounter with Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna led to a new life for Christian. He came to live in a huge enclosure and to sleep in a caravan at their Surrey home. Then in 1971 he was flown to Kenya, his ancestral home, and returned to the wild by lion-man George Adamson. Nine months later in 1972, John and Ace returned to Kora in Kenya. This clip is of their reunion at that time.

It was an emotional reunion: "He ran towards us, threw himself onto us, knocked us over and hugged us, with his paws on our shoulders."

John Rendall

See http://www.bornfree.org.uk for more about this story.

Christian the Lion is distributed by Beckmann Visual Publishing WCBS

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