I first saw this video on the Richard and Judy Show when they had a series featuring funny videos and viewers were invited to vote on their favourites. This was #1 for the whole series until the very end, when it was just toppled off the #1 place by this:
Although having said that, I’ve just been back to the site to check and it seems that Tiggy did in fact win, though it’s hard to tell as the programme is not currently showing and there’s no date on the page to show which week’s listing they are showing, but I presume it must be the last one of the series. Christian the lion and his reunion with his carers came second. The programme managed to trace Tiggy and her human and, if memory serves me well (which it probably doesn’t coz I’ve been asleep since then!), she is an 18 year-old cat living in the north of England somewhere (Blackpool perhaps?) and Richard was so taken with her he had to watch the video every night before going to bed!
The lion video is poor quality because it is very old, but it’s so heart-warming it makes me go all squeeeeeee-y! The description under the video on MySpace is, “Description: So, this lion, Christian, was taken care of by these two people here but eventually he grew too big so they released him into the wild. A year later they went looking for him to visit him and they found him...”
The original source is the Born Free Foundation and they had the story and the video on their website at the time Richard and Judy were doing their weekly “Funny Five” but unfortunately they seem to have been removed, presumably to make room for more recent stories. The Born Free Foundation does great work for animals all over the world. I think the white-haired and bearded man you see briefly in the video is George Adamson. I’m sure many of you will have seen the lovely film Born Free starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna and you can see the Born Free Foundation’s history here. My first husband was born and raised in
Hope you are all having a great Toesday or Tattle Tail Tuesday! I had intended to catch up on as many blogs as possible this evening, but for some reason found myself doing this blog instead – oh, I know what it was, I got an email with a link to this and in the panel to the right was the Tiggy video, so I just had to watch her again and share her with you! Fortunately I found her on MySpace too so I could post the actual video, not just the link.