Elsa the Lioness - Lioness seen on the
African adventure BORN FREE/NBC/1974. Elsa lived in a wildlife
sanctuary in East Africa. She was pet of George (Gary Collins) and
Joy (Diana Muldaur) Adamson, game wardens who protected the animals
on the reserve from poachers.
Based on the book "Born Free" and the movie spin-off Born Free
(1966) and its sequel Living Free (1972), the series followed
the real-life adventures of George and Joy Adamson and their
experiences with the Elsa the lioness.
Their story as told in the book "Born
Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds" by Joy Adamson (Pantheon Books, 1960), began
when George Adamson, an African game warden shot a lioness in self
defense. Taking pity on the lioness's three orphaned cubs, he took
them home to his wife, Joy. Two of the cubs they gave to zoos, but
the third they named Elsa and kept for themselves.
Eventually, the Adamson's realized that Elsa needed to return to
the wild and so the Adamson's deliberately set out to train Elsa to
kill and fend for herself.
Cast of the Movie "Born Free" (1966)
Cast of the TV series "Born Free" (1974)
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