Activists for environmental and animal rights have very strong sentiments about keeping wild animals as pets.
They precisely believe that they belong in the wild, where their natural habitats are. However, there are people who think the opposite.
Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev are perfect examples of people who think differently regarding this matter. They currently have a 90lb puma, who lives with them in their home. Aleksandr has always wanted to have a big cat, but he always dreamed owning a lynx.
However, after seeing Messi being unhealthy at Saransk Zoo in Penza, he felt an unreal instant connection. Messi is quite small compared to the average Puma, had several health problems, and due to his physical conditions and the fact that he was born in captivity, he could never survive if he released into the wild.
They talked with the zoo and surprisingly, they were allowed to buy Messi. However, happy days did not begin yet. Sometimes, Messi was weak and needed extra care. They put all the effort they could into returning his health back, and tried to make their home as comfortable as it can be for Messi. The hallway of their one-bedroom home now boasts a tree, a hiding hole, as well as bamboo walls. They said that technically, it’s just like living with a house cat, just several sizes bigger.
They surely believe that Messi does not pose a danger to them. He may be naughty sometimes, but never with the intention of hurting. Also, he still is a wild animal and no one can say for sure if he will poses danger in the future.
They’ve started taking him for walks because he didn’t have much chance to walk or move around while he was in captivity. They also started taking him to dog training where he learned how to respond to 10 commands. Although they’ve received critique from different people, they still believe that Messi should be with them for the one reason that he hasn’t even experienced the wild before.
Messi has surely grown a huge following of his own. You can check out their Instagram page or if you want to stay updated about Messi’s adventures, you can head on over to their YouTube channel.