This Famous Family Lived With a Lion as Their Pet. Their Story Will Shock You.


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In the 1970s, actress Tippi Hedren welcomed a lion into her family home. Perhaps inevitably, this strange, real-life Hollywood tale does not have a happy ending.
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In the early 1970s, actress Tippi Hedren was at home enjoying the company of guests when her pet lion Neil began fighting his trainer Ron Oxley in the kitchen. Hedren could only watch as the ferocious feline attempted to assert his alpha male status by growling at Oxley and swatting him with a powerful paw. The trainer responded by making himself big, which eventually intimidated the lion into submission. To Hedren’s undoubted relief, man and beast – amazingly – exited the room together, completely uninjured. Unbeknown to Hedren, though, this was only a taste of what can happen when you invite the king of the jungle into your home.

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