Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, and their lion Neil


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Watch the whole family get mauled:

Note:Never seen this, so I’m not certain if the maulings made the final cut.


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Man, I’ve got a rescue cat, just a little tuxedo housecat, who’s up to maybe 10 pounds now - if she were 40 times heavier, I would already have lost a hand at least


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Is this real ?


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Neil? They had a lion for a family pet and they named him Neil?


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On the other hand the lion was able to convey emotion better than Griffith.


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I don’t actuallyagree on the “no conscience or remorse” thing - my cat has gone off on me (I stepped on the kitten’s toe), and for days after was obviously remorseful and apologetic.

I had a pair of bloodied and torn pants to throw out. My cat weighed maybe 6 kg at the time.

It’s not any lack of conscience or remorse that’s relevant - it’s that any action that might trigger subsequent remorse, is coming from a 200 kg animal with 4 cm claws. It’s too likely there would be no opportunity to apologize.


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Next up, an exclusive interview with the tiger that ate Roy.


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It’s one of those names… when the visitors asked what the lion’s name was, the locals in the house said “Kneel!” The name just stuck.


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It looks from the pictures (though hard to tell for sure) like his fangs were cut down. I wonder if he was also declawed. NOT that it means he couldn’t still kill you if he took a mind to it, 400lbs and that jaw strength… But it certainly makes a difference in how an impulse reaction might turn out.


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During filming of the movie Roar, Melanie Griffith was mauled in the face, requiring plastic surgery and 50 stitches. The cinematographer was scalped by a lion. (They were able to reattach it.) The AD’s throat was bitten open. (He survived.) Clearly a very dangerous set.

I get the impression not much was (or could have been) done to make these wild animals less dangerous.


#12

To be fair, it was the 70s. A lot of weird “we can live with nature!” things were happening.


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actually I don’t have any remorse genes either!


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Given the look our ancient old 17 year old cat gives me on occasion, I would never be able to sleep in a house that had a lion walking around - no matter how cuddly. Pure insanity.


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Say “Neil” backwards.


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Lien? They owed money on the lion?


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~ ~ Mind blown! ~ ~


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