Living with a Lion inside home

Can you imagine lion as a pet at home? and what about our daily life with a lion! In 1971, LIFE photographer Michael Rougier captured these photographs when he had spent time with actress Tippi Hedren (star of the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds”) with her husband, Noel Marshall, and her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, and their lion, Neil. These pictures were taken at the time when Melanie was 19.

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After saw an abandoned house which had been taken over and inhabited by lions by Hedren and her husband in 1969 while they filming in Africa, they were determined to make a film about — and with — lions. Animal trainer Ron Oxley advised them that “to get to know anything about lions, you’ve just got to live with them for a while. And the couple did exactly that, by introducing lions to their residential home in California. Take a look at below photographs captured by the famous photographer Michael Rougier in which Neil, a 400-pound mature lion, who occasionally slept in the same bed as Griffith and, as these pictures attest, had the run of the house, from the kitchen to the living room to the swimming pool.

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