Blondie the Lion - In late September,
1955, Blondie the lion made her debut on THE GARRY MOORE SHOW.
Blondie was the house pet of Charles E. Hipp, an oil-well drilling
contractor who lived at the time in Graham, Texas. His lion was
scheduled for a spot on the show after staff members saw Blondie's
picture in a newspaper story in The New York Herald Tribune
(7/28/55). The lion had been acquired by Hipp from the Dallas Zoo as
a tiny cub in 1953 and was raised as a house pet.
Blondie bathed in the shower, begged for scraps of food at the
dinner table, played with the neighborhood dog and even allowed
children to ride on her back.
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