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Friday, June 6, 2014

Making money off exotic animals, and tourists, in World Cup city

A sloth holds itself on the deck of the Silva family's floating house on the Lago do Janauari, or Solimoes River, near Manaus, Brazil. Between the parents, the four kids, the dog, the two sloths, the python and the baby caiman, it’s a tight fit in the Silva family’s two-room floating home in the Amazon rainforest. The exotic animals help the family eke out a living on their native Solimoes River, on the opposite bank from Manaus, a World Cup host city where the U.S., English and Italian teams will be among those battling it out.