The Elephant in the Living Room

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The Elephant in the Living Room
Directed by Michael Webber
Produced by Michael Webber
Starring Tim Harrison
Terry Brumfield
Music by David Russo
Cinematography Michael Webber
Edited by John T. Adkins
Barry O'Brien
NightFly Entertainment
MainSail Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
National Geographic Wild
NightFly Entertainment
Level 33
Release date
  • April 1, 2011 (2011-04-01)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Elephant in the Living Room is an American documentary film about the topic of exotic pets kept in homes in the United States and about the controversy surrounding this topic.[1] In some U.S. states there are currently no laws that prohibit keeping exotic animals as pets, and this documentary presents incidents in which their owners and people around them are put in serious danger and hurt by these animals.


Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, The Elephant in the Living Room takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the world's most dangerous animals as household pets. Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, the documentary chronicles the extraordinary story of two men at the heart of the issue – Tim Harrison, an Ohio police officer whose friend was killed by an exotic pet, and Terry Brumfield, a big-hearted man who struggles to raise two African lions that he loves like his own family. In the first of many unexpected twists, the lives of these two men collide when Terry’s male lion escapes its pen and is found attacking cars on a nearby highway.


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  1. ^ "The Elephant in the Living room". Retrieved 2012-06-22. 

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