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Ang Lee: "Life Of Pi" Crew Had To Rescue Tiger

Ang Lee, director of "Life of Pi" (as well as "Brokeback Mountain" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), gave a brief response to the accusations of animal abuse, including the near-drowning of a tiger, on the set of that movie. Speaking to reporters in Taiwan, he said: "It was an accident. The crew worked hard to rescue the tiger and then showed him a lot of care, giving him five-star treatment."

The original report, published by The Hollywood Reporter, accused the American Humane Association (the organization responsible for monitoring animal safety on movie and television sets) of multiple acts of negligence. The AHA says the claims are "exaggerated," and Fox, the distributor for "Life of Pi," denied that a near-drowning ever occurred. "The tiger, King, was never harmed and did not 'nearly drown' during the production," a Fox spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.