Now they're taking turns to get to the window. Mariya said: 'It's hard to explain but we believe that having this puma is part of our destiny.'. Ever since he was a kid, Aleksandr had longed to own a big cat. 'So we went to the zoo and started negotiations to buy Messi. … So, is Messi more like a cat, or more like a dog? Despite all the doggy articles I post, I do love cats as well, but a young couple from Russia have taken cat ownership to a whole new dimension. The couple have adapted their hallway into a puma play pen, and invested in a special coat and harness for him so they can take him on walks. 'We were so happy, and even though he was quite weak and demanded a lot of attention, we didn't regret our decision at all. Then, they made their decision! Because Messi is no ordinary house cat – he’s a puma. They learned that he was sick and thought hard whether keeping a puma was common sense. However, even though the couple lives in a regular one-bedroom apartment, Alexandr always dreamed about having a big cat as a pet and was considering adopting a lynx. Messi was only three months old when the couple saw him and asked the zoo management if they could adopt him. Mar 11, 2019 by apost team. SOT, Aleksandr and Maria Dmitriev (Russian): "Beforehand we were going out at different time, when we had an occasion. Mariya and Alexander Dmitriev said they 'fell in love' with puma kitten Messi when they saw him during a visit to their local zoo in 2016. Aleksandr has always loved big cats, and his dream was to get a Lynx cat, but fate had it so that he would become the father of a puma. When they talk to him, he’d either agree or act as if he was insulted! Couple’s adopted pet puma Messi ‘steals hearts’ with video of kitten-like antics. But he also likes to destroy many plush toys and soccer balls. But that's not all! So it happened that the now two and a half year old Puma leads a life as a domestic cat. When we think of adopting a pet, we usually imagine someone getting a cat or a dog, but this couple in Russia chose to adopt a bigger and more challenging furry baby: a puma cub. Surprisingly, the management agreed. Copyright © 2020 Duke Digital Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Couple Adopts Baby Puma, Now He’s All Grown Up And Well Mannered. Years passed and Messi not only bounced back, but he also grew and thrived. ', Pawsome: Messi is even friends with the neighbourhood dogs. We were surprised ourselves when they agreed,” added Mariya. It was little Russian zoo where you can contact the nature – pet the animals in cages. They celebrated the birth of the cubs in the year when Russia hosted the World Cup. ', Love at first sight: Mariya embraces the animal. 'Everyone who knows him thinks he is a human in a puma's skin. He is living a great life with people who take care of him and provide him shelter, food and spend a lot of time in the outdoors. Barely 20 months ago a Russian couple were oblivious of the basic rules of soccer. But Messi is more than a cat…. The owners were happy to explain it all and their Instagram page is full of cuteness! They see them as being an object of absolute affection. The Russian couple knows they could send Messi to an animal sanctuary but the puma is too small to survive among other pumas, and he has no idea how to live in a wild reserve or sanctuary. Or sit like a dog! If you've ever known a cat owner, you know that they don't just see their cats as being their pets. The couple do not recommend having wild cats at home as they know that they are lucky that Messi has a calm temperament, Living on the wild side: Alexander, here with Messi, always dreamed of having a big cat as a pet but he always thought he would get a lynx. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. Meet Messi, a puma that was adopted from a petting zoo and now lives in an apartment along with his owners. Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev share a one-bedroom apartment with a 90lb puma, named Messi, after the soccer superstar. Aleksandr couldn’t find other trainers than the usual dog handlers. He is very talkative and always answers when we speak to him,” said Mariya. After adopting him, they had to nurse him back to health. They so loved the little puma so they have contacted owner (owner of the zoo of course) asking him to sell them cat. Oct 10th 2019 12:43PM. But his behavior is shocking! 'Shame on you': Outrage after taxidermist starts online... Paw mum! We were surprised ourselves when they agreed. A couple fell so in love with a puma that they decided to adopt him, and move him into their family home. Russian Couple Adopt Baby Puma With Health Problems And Spoils It Like Any Other Cat. By Dannielle Maguire | 3 years ago. As the puma is still a kitten, he naturally wants to play with her. “So we went to the zoo and started negotiations to buy Messi. Messi likes to take naps with his dad, but when he gets bored, he starts tapping him on his shoulder. Hancock praises 'very good' COVID-19 news, Vaccine watch: Sturgeon offers to take Covid vaccine live on TV, Distressing aftermath scene of car ramming into people in Trier. The couple, however, would not recommend having wild cats at home as they know that they are lucky that Messi has a calm temperament. 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A couple from the Russian city of Penza have managed to do what many have dreamed about, but few dare to try – have a wild animal as their pet! Alex Lasker, In The Know. Published: 06:58 EST, 20 March 2018 | Updated: 08:24 EST, 20 March 2018. Adopting a Puma. “When Messi was three months old he was sold to the zoo in our city Penza. The Russian couple truly feels as though something divine brought them and Messi the puma together. Messi was born in 2015 at the Saransk zoo in Russia. Bigger than your average house cat. He is very talkative and always answers when we speak to him. Playing next. … Russian Couple Adopt 90lb Puma And He Becomes The World’s Most Spoiled Kitty. The two promised to do their best to nurse Messi back to life and provide everything for him. In the beginning, Messi was very weak, but Alexandr and Mariya gave him the necessary care. 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The Dmitrievs are now looking forward to moving to a bigger house, and maybe they’re lucky and get a leopard friend for Messi to play around the yard. Yes, you read it right, we said PUMA. If you haven’t already followed Messi on Instagram or subscribed to his YouTube channel, then do it! But how did the Russian couple get to adopt a puma? Mariya and Alexander Dmitriev said they 'fell in love' with puma kitten Messi when they saw him during a visit to their local zoo in 2016. There are plenty of Instagram accounts dedicated to cats nowadays, but this Russian pet’s social media presence is a little different to the rest. 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This is exactly what our dogs did, but it was the couch, not just a toy... You can see Messi on his Instagram account I_Am_Puma, and yes, he has more than 400,000 followers. Let’s check out the cutest photo of the puma called Messi and see the couple’s adventures throughout the past years. To keep Messi in great condition, his parents give him appropriate food and walk him many hours during the day. That is just like my cat! 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Mariya, 28, said that when the couple first spotted him at the zoo e it was love at first sight and convinced the zoo to let them take him. No not the star himself, but his namesake – a 90lb puma. Russian couple adopted puma cub with health problems and spoils it like any other cats. Want to hear more about Messi? Although not a dog, Messi picked up the basic commands at the dog training school, where he and other pups learned to behave and be good boys. Considering that 56% of U.S. households had pets in 1988, which was the first year the survey was conducted, this is a moderate increase. Play it now. And, upon hearing about Messi’s fate, they began considering adopting Messi as their own. Follow. Russian couple adopted bobcat now they turned him to home cat! Now Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal negligence case. March 2, 2019 by sam. Because Messi is pretty big, the couple had to train him so that he could learn basic commands such as sit, come, no, and he now knows about ten commands. A Russian couple who adopted a wild cougar as a pet has thousands of followers who watch their feline’s daily frolics on the cat's dedicated social media accounts. So along with his two siblings, Messi was also named after football players. When the couple saw Messi, it was love at first sight. That was the time where Saransk was proposed to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. The wild cat was only two-thirds the size of a normal puma, but that's still 10 times more than an average cat, One of the boys: Messi poses with two dogs from the neighbourhood, Good driving companion: Messi takes a ride in the car with owner Alexander. “Everyone who knows him thinks he is a human in a puma's skin. A couple in Russia who adopted a puma from a zoo can no longer release their pet into the wild because he has been pampered a little it too much and now used to the comforts of modern life. Messi was one of three cougar cubs born at the zoo. 4 years ago | 634 views. The couple immediately decided to adopt the puma despite the fact that they already had a pet – a sphynx cat named Kira. December 15, 2019. This video of a Puma called Messi has sent the internet into a meltdown, with dozens of animal lovers saying the beast has “stolen their hearts”. The Russian couple had to improvise, so they took Messi to dog training, and he proved everyone how smart he was! Mariya has always dreamed of being the owner of a large cat. i_am_puma via YouTube Source: i_am_puma via YouTube Messi’s heroes. Sometimes he agrees with what we say, but sometimes he can be insulted. Messi (named after football player Lionel Messi).When they adopted Messi from the zoo, he was quite ill and needed round the clock care. He was born at a local petting zoo in Penza, Russia. The couple knows owning a wild cat is dangerous, but they also know that Messi is unique. But how did the Russian couple get to adopt a puma? Here he is in another photo, being a mischevious... dog? To allow the animal to move around freely, they have adapted their hallway into a puma play pen, and invested in a special coat and harness for him so they can take him on walks. Messi, Suarez, and Neymar were their three adorable puma … 'Alexander loves animals so much and had been dreaming about having a big cat for his whole life,' Mariya explained. Mariya said that thank God, Messi doesn’t know he is a star and he doesn’t need more than what he gets. Now Messi struts his long tail everywhere, walking in leash, next to his parents. The Russian couple first spotted Messi at the Saransk Zoo in Penza when he was just eight-months-old and decided that they had to have him. Their furry friends are to be doted upon with absolute awe and devotion. But Aleksandr and Mariya state that Messi couldn’t survive in the wild. According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 68% of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet.. 'We had three days of thinking hard about whether it was moral to keep a puma, and whether it was common sense to have one. Okay, it’s far bigger than a cat, but not so big for a puma. The puma, who was born in the zoo with two other puma kittens, was named after after Argentinian player Lionel Messi in honour of the World Cup two years ago. Messi was only a cub when he met Kira, but Kira hissed at him, he knew best than to approach her! The puma’s personality is incredible, says Aleksandr!
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