Vintage photographs of Melanie Griffith's pet lion as a teen

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Melanie Griffith sleeps in bed with Neil the lion.
Melanie played poolside with Neil.
Tippi Hedren reads the newspaper while snuggling up to her big cat.
Tippi plays with Neil and squirts water in his face.
UNITED STATES - APRIL 01: Tippi Hedren And Her Daughter Melanie Griffith. 1982. (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Actress Tippi Hedren and her actress daughter Melanie Griffith posing with the lions at London Zoo, to promote the movie 'Roar', March 29th 1982. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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What child needs a pet dog or cat, when they can have an African big cat?

Melanie Griffith, the privileged daughter of Tippi Hedren and her first husband Peter Griffith, grew up with none other than a pet lion named Neil in her Sherman Oaks, Calif., abode.

Neil was Hedren and her then-husband Noel Marshall's live-in lion. The duo, who were filming and producing a film titled "Roar," were advised by an animal trainer that to do proper research for their film they should live with a lion.

A series of vintage photographs, which were first published in LIFE Magazine in 1971 and shot by photographer Michael Rougier, have resurfaced and showcase Griffith's wild Hollywood childhood with her pet.

In the jaw-dropping snaps, 14-year-old Griffith is spotted playing poolside with Neil and letting the gargantuan animal nip at her leg.

In another shot, Griffith is spotted snuggling up under a blanket in her bed with her animal.

In the series, Hedren also had several playful interactions with their family cat and was shown in one photograph reading the newspaper with Neil and also squirting water in his face.

While Neil the lion looks fairly tame in these strange family photos, Griffith's experiences with lions wasn't always fun and friendly.

Griffith, who appeared in her mothers' film "Roar," was attacked during production in 1977 by a 400-pound lioness and required more than 50 facial stitches.

Despite the scary event in her daughter's life, Hedren has continued to be a "den mother" to more than 60 exotic felines.

"The Birds" actress, now 84, resides at The Roar Foundation's Shambala Preserve near Acton, California, which she founded in 1983.

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Vintage photographs of Melanie Griffith's pet lion as a teen
Actress Tippi Hedren and her actress daughter Melanie Griffith posing with the lions at London Zoo, to promote the movie 'Roar', March 29th 1982. (Photo by Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Melanie Griffith with her boyfriend, actor Don Johnson, and her mother, actress Tippi Hedren, attending a party, California, October 26th 1973. (Photo by Frank Edwards/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith during The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 31: Actress Tippi Hedren, talent agent Jean-Pierre Henraux and actress Melanie Griffith attend the 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 31, 1987 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
American actress Melanie Griffith with her mother, actress Tippi Hedren, during 'Artists for Shambala' Animal Preservation Benefit - October 30, 1994 in Acton, California, United States. (Photo by Kypros/Getty Images)
Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith during 'Artists for Shambala' Animal Preservation Benefit - October 30, 1994 in Acton, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Alexander Bauer, Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
E366848 01: Actress Melanie Griffith, left, joins her mother Tippi Hedren, left, during a press conference about controling possession of wild animals on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 29, 2000. (Photo by Alex Wong)
Melanie Griffith & Tippi Hedren (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 30: Actress Tippi Hedren (L) poses with a fake bird next to her daughter, actress Melanie Griffith, at ceremony honoring Hedren with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 30, 2003 in Hollywood, California. Hedren starred in the Alfred Hitchcock classic 'The Birds.' (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JANUARY 30: Actress Tippi Hedren (C) poses with daughter actress Melanie Griffith (R) and grand children Dakota (L) and Stella at a ceremony honoring Hedren with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 30, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 24: (L-R) Actor Jesse Johnson, actress Dakota Johnson, actor Antonio Banderas, actress Melanie Griffith and actress Tippi Hedren arrive at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival presentation of 'Noche Con Antonio Banderas' at the Billy Wilder Theater on June 24, 2008 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
MELANIE GRIFFITH, TIPPI HEDREN -- Pictured: (l-r) Tippi Hedren and daughter Melanie Griffith (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: Actors Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren arrive at the 24th Genesis Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 20, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20: Actresses Tippi Hedren and Melanie Griffith on stage at the 24th Genesis Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 20, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Melanie Griffith and Tippi Hedren arrives at the FOX Fall Eco-Casino Party at The Bookbindery on September 10, 2012 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 07: Actresses Melanie Griffith (L) and Tippi Hedren attend the 7th annual Bel-Air Film Festival opening night gala on October 7, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage)
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