Tippi Hedren is well known for her work as ambassador for animal rights, rescue and welfare, being an actress in such films at Hitchcock’s The Birds, as well as being Melanie Griffith’s mother and the owner of one of the largest wildlife habitats in the northern hemisphere, Shambala Preserve in California. Living in such close proximity to wild animals is part of her day to day life but these images from 1971, featured this week on entertainment website Mashable show you just how up close and personal Hedren and family have come to the beautiful creatures she saves and protect at her sanctuary.
Not for the faint hearted, “Living with Neil the lion” captures stills from the surreal and incredible experience they had living side by side with a fully grown male lion, Neil, inside their sprawling Californian home. The lion, as well as many other big cats they had rescued, were stars in a big budget film put together by Hedren and her then husband Noel Marshall called “Roar.” As expected, some ‘scratches’ ensued from the close living arrangement, with Melanie Griffiths requiring 50 facial stitches after an encounter, and cinematographer Jan de Bont needing part of his scalp to be sewn back on after a bite to his head.
Costing $17.5 million dollars to produce, with injuries to over 70 of the crew, and the demise of Hedren and Marshall’s marriage only a year after it was completed, nonetheless these images give us an amazing view of residential bliss alongside a beautiful big pussy cat, Neil the lion. Would you take him home? Via
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