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July 28, 2020

Fascinating Photos of Neil, the Pet Lion of Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith

Tippi Hedren, best known for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), was also famous for her dedicated commitment to animal rights and conservation activism. Her non-profit The Roar Foundation and the 80-acre wildlife habitat Shambala Preserve have taken care of and advocated for tigers and lions for decades. In 1971, she, together with her daughter Melanie Griffith and her then-husband Noel Marshall, shared their home in California with a 400-pound mature lion named Neil. Take a look at him playing and relaxing with the family through these fascinating photographs taken by LIFE photographer Michael Rougier:


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