Brazil family fights to keep house-trained tigers
MARINGA, Brazil (AP) - Dan slurped desperately on his pink nursing bottle and spilled milk all over the place, while his brother Tom patiently waited to take a swim in the family pool.
It would be a typical family scene if not for the fact that Dan and Tom tip the scales at 700 pounds (318kg), have claws that could slice a man in two and were raised along with seven other tigers sleeping in the beds of Ary Borges' three daughters. The big cats still amble about his humble home in the middle of an industrial neighbourhood in this southern Brazil city.
Mr Borges also has two lions, a monkey, and a pet Chihuahua named Little inside his makeshift animal sanctuary, where man and beast alike live together in his spacious red-dirt compound, separated from the outside world by tall metal fences and high wooden walls.
The Brazilian family is now locked in a legal dispute for the cats, with federal wildlife officials working to take them away. While Mr Borges does have a licence to raise the animals, Brazilian wildlife officials say he illegally bred the tigers, creating a public danger.