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Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion - DAKTARIClarence the Cross-eyed Lion - Silly looking lion seen on the adventure series DAKTARI/CBS/1966-69. Clarence lived at the Wameru Study Center for Animal Behavior in East Africa run by Dr. Marsh Tracy (Marshall Thompson) and his daughter/assistant Paula Tracy (Cheryl Miller). When the audience saw what Clarence saw, it was in double vision.

Clarence the lion and Judy the Chimpanzee were the family pets. Judy loved to climb onto the back of Clarence and grab a free ride. Reportedly, Clarence was very good with children. Clarence's temperament was so mild that he once "hatched" 12 ostrich chicks in one episode.

Another not so friendly lion named Leo doubled for Clarence in some scenes. He was used only for the snarling scenes and general scenes which didn't involve close proximity with humans. Leo had come to Africa USA from a family in Utah. His ferocity was due in part to the mistreatment he received from former owners who reportedly beat him with a stick.

Ivan Tors first discovered Clarence at Africa, USA, an affection training compound located in Soledad Canyon near Los Angeles. Born cross-eyed, Clarence's strange physical condition inspired Ivan Tors to create the MGM feature film Clarence the Cross-Eyed Lion (1965) and the spin-off series DAKTARI.

Cast of the TV series DAKTARI
Cast of the TV series 'Daktari'


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