Meet a domesticated 90lb (41kg) and still growing Puma named Messi. He was born with his two brothers Neymar and taken to the Saransk Zoo in Penza, Russia when he was 3 months old. Married couple Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev asked the zoo if they could buy Messi and agreement was achieved. “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. But nothing could fight our sudden wish,” shares Mariya. At that time, Messi had just 8 months, yet he was suffering from health issues. Mariya and Aleksandr took Messi home and took good care of his health, but that wasn’t the end of their obligations. Puma needs its exercise as well as a ‘dog’ training program. “In a sense, he is like a dog. We started taking him for a walk, step by step. Now we walk a lot twice a day,” said Aleksandr. A couple reached out to many, and finally found a great dog training school they could attend. Now Messi knows more than 10 different commands! “Messi convinced us with his behavior that he’s a full member of our family and that he wouldn’t be doing anything bad apart from some small naughty things. He’s very kind and likes contact. He gets on very well with people. He’s just an ordinary cat, but a big one. He has all the habits of a cat. Of course, it’s quite dangerous having such a large cat at home, but Messi is a special animal,” as happy couple explained. Visit their Instagram with almost 1 million followers and check out their very successful YouTube channel where they share their life with Messi.
Meet Messi, a 90lb (41kg) and still growing Puma
He’s a domesticated big wild cat with a dog training program
Messi now knows more than 10 commands
He’s great with other animals and with humans
Married couple Mariya and Aleksandr bought Messi from Saransk Zoo in Penza, Russia