Next year, we’re going to celebrate 50 years since Christian the hugging lion was born. He became worldwide famous after his story was told in a documentary and then when a video reached the Internet. When people heard his story, they realized how powerful the bond between man and animals is. Let’s see how Christian first became a sensation on the streets of London.

You won’t believe how much his life changes after he becomes an adult… We’re in tears, and we promise they’re all of happiness!

20. Born in 1969

Christian was born in Ilfracombe Zoo (Devon), in August 1969. He and his sister were rejected by their mother, so they had to be raised by the zookeepers. But after a few months, they were sold to Harrod’s, a department store in London.

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