LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google. Blondie, the pet lion, fascinated by the water as she takes her first ride in a Chris Craft Continental inboard motorboat w. owner Charles Hipp (R) who is making sure she doesn’t have designs on taking a swim, on Possum Kingdom Lake. Photograph by Joseph Scherschel, Graham, Texas, 1955.
“Some children have dreams of having exotic pets like amphibians, bears, hares, lions, etc. but these remain just dreams. Most parents would hardly allow any of their kids to get so close to the animals or have them as pets. However one boy did live his dream and Joseph Scherschels photography of 1955 still tells this story to date.
Hipp adopted a lion named Blondie in 1955 from the Dallas zoo. He was a docile 12 week old cub who soon became a cherished family member. They traveled with him in their station Wagon, went boating on Possum Kingdom Lake and even shared a bathtub. By the time Joseph Scherschels posted a life article on him on the Life Magazine, Blondie had become a familiar sight in Graham…”