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Brazil family fights to keep house-trained tigers

Ary Borges feeds his tiger named Dan at his home in Maringa, Brazil, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. Borges is in a legal battle with federal wildlife officials to keep his endangered animals from undergoing vasectomies and being taken away from him. He defends his right to breed the animals and says he gives them a better home than they might find elsewhere in Brazil. (AP Photo/Renata Brito)

Brazil family fights to keep house-trained tigers

It would be a typical family scene if not for the fact that Dan and Tom tip the scales at 700 pounds, 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 neighborhood in this southern Brazil city.

Borges also has two lions, a monkey, and a pet Chihuahua named Little inside his makeshift animal sanctuary, where man and beast live together in his spacious red-dirt compound, separated from the outside world by tall metal fences and high wooden walls. (Associated Press)