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Socialite who bought a lion and walked it around London dies aged 76

Added 01-26-22 04:36:02am EST - “Chelsea-based socialite John Rendall became famous in the 1960s after he and his friend Anthony 'Ace' Bourke purchased a lion cub from Harrods, which then traded in exotic animals,” - Dailymail.co.uk

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Socialite who bought a lion and walked it around London dies aged 76”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Socialite John Rendall who famously bought a lion from the Harrods pet department in the 1960s, called it Christian and took it on walks around London has died aged 76.

The Chelsea-based Australian became well known after he and his friend Anthony 'Ace' Bourke purchased a lion cub from the exclusive department store in Knightsbridge, which traded in exotic animals at the time.

Christian was a regular sight in Chelsea as he was taken for walks along King's Road by the conservationist – with Mr Rendall and Mr Bourke both also seen driving the big cat around in their Mercedes cabriolet.

Christian, bought for 250 guineas in 1969, was fed steak and taken to restaurants and glamorous parties - but returned to the wild in Kenya in 1970 after growing out of Mr Rendall's flat above his furniture store, Sophistocat.

Mr Rendall became a dedicated conservationist thereafter and an extraordinary video of the lion recognising his old master and bounding up to him for a hug in 1971 has attracted more than 100million views on YouTube. 

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