This Brazilian Family Shares Their Home With Seven Pet Tigers

BarcroftAnimalsPublished: December 5, 2016364 views
Published: December 5, 2016

They might be some of the most dangerous animals in the world, but that did not stop one Brazilian family to take the trend for exotic pets to new extremes. Not content with the standard pooch or moggy, the Borges brood have been sharing their home with a pack of SEVEN tigers. Aryas Borges, began his love affair with tigers when he found two of the big cats living in a bad state at a circus -- and decided to bring them home.

His daughters Nayara, 20, Uyara, 23, and Deusanira, 24, grew up sharing their meals, beds and playtime with the fully-grown predators and walking them on a leash. And Nayara, a real-life female Tarzan, regularly hops into the family swimming pool to take a dip with her furry friends. After his success with the rescue tigers, Ary started breeding them, and the tigers still have the run of the house at the Borges family home in Maringa. The family have forged an incredible bond with the tigers after living under the same roof for so long.

Aryas says that he is never afraid to let his daughters interact with these beasts, letting them swim together in the family pool, even ride them on their backs. Despite having no experience with big cats, Aryas rescued two of them from a circus eight years ago. He built them an enclosure and welcomed them in his family. It wasn’t long before Uyara started feeding and petting these big cats on her own and walking them on leashes.

Her sister Nayara forged a special bond with one of the tigers, named Tom, and the two regularly take swims in the family pool.

One question remains though - if they are so friendly and tame, why are they always on a leash?

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