In 1971 LIFE magazine photographer Michael Rougier spent several days with Tippi Hedren, her daughter Melanie Griffith, her husband Noel Marshall at his home in California. However the crazyness of this photo post was their pet, Neil, a 180 kilos lion, who lived with the family as if it were a kitten. One day Neil tried to attack his caregiver, and although it ended without consequences, they decided to find another home that best suits Neils needs before their dominant character would lead to a bad misunderstanding.
Tippi recently admitted how stupid and unaware they were, by giving Neil more confidence than necessary. They even let Neil in to the bad with their young daughter.