SHOTLIST:

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Maringa, Brazil - September 27, 2013

1. Wide of Tom jumping on the family breakfast table with the Borges Family

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Maringa, Brazil - September 26, 2013

2. Close of tiger drinking his milk and cat food mix

3. Wide of tiger jumping inside the back of a pick up truck

4. Close of tiger eye

5. Mid - Ary Borges petting two tigers

6. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Ary Borges, father of family that includes nine 700-pound tigers (transcript below)

7. Wide of house where 9 tigers, 2 lionesses and 1 Chihuahua live

8. Mid of tiger approaching gate of enclosure

9. Mid of two tigers splashing/drinking water

10. Mid of two tigers facing each other in enclosure

11. Wide of tiger growling and showing his teeth at another who attempts to get his food

12. Wide of Borges and his girlfriend taking tiger out for a walk

13. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Nayara Borges, youngest daughter and caretaker (transcript below)

14. Wide of Borges playfully slapping one on the flank and then leaping atop him, holding onto the animal's fur with both fists and grinning widely as the cat growled

15. SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Uyara Borges, middle daughter and administrator of the house (transcript below)

16.Wide of tiger jumping inside the pool

17. Close of tiger shaking his head above water

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Maringa, Brazil - September 27, 2013

18. Wide of Little the Chihuahua getting catapulted off tiger after posing for the camera

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THIS CAT ACTS NO DIFFERENT FROM ANY OTHER CAT...JUMPING ON THE KITCHEN TABLE.

...EAGERLY DRINKING FROM A BOTTLE.

...AND EVEN GOING FOR A RIDE IN THE TRUCK.

BUT UNLIKE OTHER HOUSE PETS, THESE 700 POUND CATS ARE TIGERS, OWNED BY ARY BORGES AND HIS FAMILY IN BRAZIL.

(SOT: Ary Borges, father of family that includes nine 700-pound tigers):

"Sadly there are so many animals dying in zoos that have no oversight. My animals are treated extremely well, they are now in the international press, we're preserving and conserving the species," Borges said. "We have a great team of veterinarians, we give only the best to them, but we're being persecuted."

ALTHOUGH HE HAS A LICENSE TO RAISE THE ANIMALS, BORGES IS CURRENTLY LOCKED IN A LEGAL DISPUTE WITH WILDLIFE AUTHORITIES, WHO SAY HE ILLEGALLY BRED THE TIGERS, CAUSING A PUBLIC DANGER.

BORGES ARGUES THAT HE RESCUED TWO ABUSED TIGERS FROM A TRAVELING CIRCUS IN 2005 AND HAS A RIGHT TO BREED THEM. HIS DAUGHTERS AGREE THAT THEY GIVE THE TIGERS A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE.

(SOT: Nayara Borges, youngest daughter and caretaker):

"I think they would be very mistreated if taken away and our family would go into severe depression."

NAYARA GREW UP WITH TIGER CUBS SLEEPING IN HER BED UNTIL THEY BECAME TOO BIG. HER SISTER SAYS THAT THESE CATS ARE NOW FAMILY.

(SOT: Uyara Borges, middle daughter and administrator of the house):

"At first we were scared of them, but as time went on, we saw them everyday, fed them, gave them baths and water, and we started to fall in love with them. Then when the first cubs were born, goodness it was only joy. We never thought we could live with such ferocious animals."

THE BORGES FAMILY SAYS IT HAS HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH THE TIGERS ATTACKING ANYONE OR GETTING LOOSE.

BUT THE FAMILY CHIHUAHUA NAMED "LITTLE" DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE TAKING ANY CHANCES.

JILL CRAIG/Associated Press

 

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