Born Free - movie

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Born Free is a 1966 drama movie based on the true story of Joy and George Adamson, who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood and released her into the wilderness of Kenya.


The plot of the movie Born Free follows the story of George and Joy Adamson, who lived in Kenya and raised an orphaned lioness named Elsa. The film begins with George being sent to kill a male lion that had killed a woman, and also his female mate, who charges him in defense of her three cubs. Realising they are now motherless, George brings the three cubs home to his wife Joy and raises them. They name the cubs Big One, Lustica, and Elsa, who is the youngest and the one which Joy and George become especially attached to. When the cubs get too old, the older two are sent to Rotterdam Zoo but the Adamsons choose to keep Elsa. Some years later, Joy and George soon have to travel to Kiunga as George has been told by his boss, John Kendall about a lion who is killing goats in a local village. George successfully manages to kill the lion and he and Joy are able to share a special holiday with Elsa, where they introduce her to the Indian Ocean. On returning to the Northern Province, the Adamsons learn that Elsa has caused a massive elephant stampede. Kendall states that the Adamsons can no longer keep Elsa and must find a zoo to take her in. However, Joy instead wishes to teach Elsa how to survive in the wild, which Kendall reluctantly gives her and George three months to do. Joy and George travel to Meru National Park where they aim to release Elsa.

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