The Russian couple share their one-bedroom apartment with Messi – not the “real” Messi but a leopard who weighs over 40kg.
During a visit to the Saransk Zoo in the city of Penza (Russia), Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev felt compassion for the little creatures who were only 8 months old. This is a set of 3 lion diaries named Suarez, Neymar and Messi.
At the time, Messi was in an unstable state of health, which made the couple feel vigilant inside. At home the two chatted, anyway they wanted to raise a big cat like a lynx, why not “play big” and keep the lion leopard?
Mariya recalls: “Everything is destined for fate. We reflected for 3 days and 3 nights: is it ethical or not to breed the lion leopard, and is it ‘normal’?” The desire in me is too great. And then we decided to just go and ask at the zoo. “
Unexpectedly, the Saransk Zoo nodded to sell Messi to the Dmitriev family. Thus, the process of training and caring for a new member begins.
Everyone considered a wild animal, but the Messi diary is particularly weak, needing to take care of every cup. “Shortly after, we happily watched Messi get back into good health day to day, but still short and underweight, only two-thirds the size of his peers,” the couple said.
In order to gain weight, in addition to a reasonable diet, it is also necessary to participate in intense sports. “Mum and dad” from the Messi newspaper then bought him a necklace to walk on.
“It was like a lazy dog, just lying on the couch. But after being bent in order, now he has been jogging diligently twice a day. more “-” father “of the lion cheetah confirmed.
Over time, Messi also grew, due to the hard work the couple could not be with ‘children’ as much as before. They want to find a “nanny”, more precisely a dog trainer, but everyone refuses. The Russian couple confuse: “How are you? Do not be afraid, Messi will not bite. It’s like a friendly dog, just a little big”. Fortunately, there is finally a coach who agrees to take care of Messi.
Through the overly difficult process of finding Messi’s ‘nanny’, the couple were surprised to ‘suddenly remember’ they are raising a wild, large and dangerous animal anyway. Even some animal rights activists have also said that Messi belongs to the natural environment; The neighbors also more or less timid.
More than anyone else, the Dmitriev family understand these concerns, but they share: “Of course there is a danger in keeping large pets in the house, but we always watch Messi carefully, and it is very special. friendly with everyone and with the animals around, never be aggressive … He will die if he returns to the zoo or to the woods, because now Messi has been tamed, losing his survival instinct wild place “.
To prove what they say is true, the couple take photos, film the daily Messi, publish them on Instagram. Messi’s @I_am_puma account (I’m the lion’s diary) has almost 700,000 followers. His YouTube channel has around 170,000 subscribers worldwide. So far, everyone has also gradually accepted the Messi diary as the “special child” of the Dmitriev family.
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