“I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers”: Animal Lover Lives With Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

"I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers": Animal Lover Lives WIth Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

Brazilian Ary Borges, 43, loves tigers so much he shares his house with seven stripy beasts. And refuses any claims that such close proximity to the predators (weighing over 200 kilograms each) might be dangerous.

In the nearest future, Borges wants to build a 40-acre eco-park for the giant cats, right at his home in Maringa, near San Paolo.

"I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers": Animal Lover Lives WIth Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

Eight years ago, he bought two tigers from a circus and built a sanctuary for them in his garden. Despite having no previous experience of handling animals, hoping to prevent tigers’ extinction, he started a breeding program. At his property, of course. However, the authorities soon realized he had no legal permit for such activities, and Borges had to discontinue his project.

The father-of-three lets the seven beasts roam freely around his house, swim in his pool. Moreover, he even lets his toddler granddaughter ride on their back.

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"I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers": Animal Lover Lives WIth Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

"I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers": Animal Lover Lives WIth Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

Borges and his three daughters Nayara (20), Uyara (23), and Deusanira (24) feed them meat and walk them on leashes.

The patriarch says he was never worried about his daughters being around these animals. They show love and respect — if it is mutual.

His little granddaughter Rayara, Uyara’s child, is already interacting with tigers. Her mother says it is “safe,” and that the little girl loves playing with them.

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"I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers": Animal Lover Lives WIth Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

"I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers": Animal Lover Lives WIth Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

Borges’ three daughters think of the beasts as of part of their family, and cannot imagine their lives without them. The girls have been taking care of the tigers daily ever since they were born, and their instincts have become “dormant”.

However, not everyone in this family is happy with being exposed to these animals on a daily basis.

Rafael, Uyara’s husband, is afraid of the tigers, and thinks it would be better for his daughter Rayara to be more distant from them.

Ary Borges wants people to learn more about tigers, the animal species that become gradually extinct. He dreams of building a park which would focus on improving lives of these animals.

"I Have A Soft Spot For Tigers": Animal Lover Lives WIth Seven Beasts (PHOTOS)

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