Inside the incredible LA 'lion farm': Vintage pictures show big cats being trained for Hollywood movies as they pose with school girls and attend dinner parties

Mail Online | 1/11/2018 | Jennifer Newton for MailOnline
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These incredible images show hundreds of lions being taught to perform tricks, pose for drawings and even sit down at dinner parties.

Gay's Lion Farm in El Monte, California, was opened in 1925 by former circus performers Charles and Muriel Gay.

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Mr Gay had a long career working with the big cats and often trained the animals to work in the burgeoning movie industry.

His big-cat venture with his wife began in LA in 1914 with just three lions being trained at an attraction in MacArthur Park.

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It proved very popular and the operation rapidly expanded.

Realising more space was needed the Gays found a large plot of land in El Monte, close to Los Angeles, to raise more lions.

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At one point, Gay's Lion Farm housed 200 of the creatures, and it was dedicated to their breeding and training.

One lion there, Jackie, even became famous after being chosen to be the animal to introduce MGM...
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