Messi (named after football player Lionel Messi).When they adopted Messi from the zoo, he was quite ill and needed round the clock care. That was the time where Saransk was proposed to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament. Doug Ducey CONFIRMS he ignored Trump's phone call during a press conference to certify the state's vote for Joe Biden, Ivanka Trump is deposed by the DC Attorney General as part of lawsuit accusing Trump's inaugural committee of pocketing cash from his 2017 inauguration by inflating cost of hiring his hotel, 'Dave's a hypocrite!' The couple immediately decided to adopt the puma despite the fact that they already had a pet – a sphynx cat named Kira. 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”. Let’s check out the cutest photo of the puma called Messi and see the couple’s adventures throughout the past years. Messi was one of three cougar cubs born at the zoo. 20. Is Messi a ‘cat’ or a ‘dog’? He was born at a local petting zoo in Penza, Russia. Or sit like a dog! Share on Facebook . His food, mostly raw meat, costs the Russian couple about $300-$600 per month. Messi is puma who lives with the Russian couple Alexandar and Mariya Dmitriev. Their furry friends are to be doted upon with absolute awe and devotion. To keep Messi in great condition, his parents give him appropriate food and walk him many hours during the day. While most families adopt a dog or cat as a playful companion, one couple in the Russian city of Penza revealed their new pet on Thursday – a Puma named Messi. SOT, Aleksandr and Maria Dmitriev (Russian): "Beforehand we were going out at different time, when we had an occasion. The owners were happy to explain it all and their Instagram page is full of cuteness! 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. Wait until you see him chew a bone just like a dog. 'Everyone who knows him thinks he is a human in a puma's skin. Here he is in another photo, being a mischevious... dog? Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev share a one-bedroom apartment with one of the biggest names in soccer – Messi. 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. Russie : Un puma nommé Messi, adopté par un couple russe Messi est né au zoo de Saransk qui a accepté de le vendre à Mariya et Alexander Dmitriev en 2016. Now Messi struts his long tail everywhere, walking in leash, next to his parents. No not the star himself, but his namesake – a 90lb puma. 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 comments below have not been moderated. But his behavior is shocking! And a much to their surprise he agreed to give them cat! i_am_puma via YouTube Source: i_am_puma via YouTube Messi’s heroes. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. 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. No not the star himself, but his namesake – a 90lb puma. 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. But how did the Russian couple get to adopt a puma? Messi, Suarez, and Neymar were their three adorable puma cubs. Couple’s adopted pet puma Messi ‘steals hearts’ with video of kitten-like antics. 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. Years passed and Messi not only bounced back, but he also grew and thrived. 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. Browse more videos. 'Alexander loves animals so much and had been dreaming about having a big cat for his whole life,' Mariya explained. Messi, Suarez, and Neymar were their three adorable puma … Messi was only three months old when the couple saw him and asked the zoo management if they could adopt him. Messi avoids Kira to this day! 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Russian couple adopted bobcat now they turned him to home cat! 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. They also had to do more than that…. 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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. He has his special coat and harness for walks outside, and he also has a den in the hallway. But that's not all! Puma Rescued from Russian Zoo Lives Luxurious Life as Insta-Famous House Cat. 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. Published: 06:58 EST, 20 March 2018 | Updated: 08:24 EST, 20 March 2018. Report. If you've ever known a cat owner, you know that they don't just see their cats as being their pets. 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. Their story is so extraordinary, and now the puma is famous all over the world. Because Messi is no ordinary house cat – he’s a puma. By Dannielle Maguire | 3 years ago. Mariya and Alexander Dmitriev said they 'fell in love' with puma … They celebrated the birth of the cubs in the year when Russia hosted the World Cup. Messi is not very big for a male puma, he’s almost the size of a large breed dog. He is also a celebrity online! IMAGE BY: animalchannel.co. But nothing could fight our sudden wish,' she said. It was little Russian zoo where you can contact the nature – pet the animals in cages. Play it now. 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. Today, Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev live in a studio apartment with their Sphynx cat called Kira and with Messi, the 90lb puma. A Russian couple have revealed how they adopted a puma to live with them in their apartment. We’d have to agree that Messi is incredible. 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. He is very talkative and always answers when we speak to him,” said Mariya. 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. He also has his own YouTube channel, keeping his mom Mariya very occupied with all the social media accounts. A Russian couple have revealed how they adopted a puma to live with them in their apartment. 'Shame on you': Outrage after taxidermist starts online... Paw mum! That’s where we saw him for the first time, and it was love at first sight,” said Mariya. They celebrated the birth of the cubs in the year when Russia hosted the World Cup. 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A while passed, and Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev finally decided the cub’s fate…. Mariya said that thank God, Messi doesn’t know he is a star and he doesn’t need more than what he gets. They learned that he was sick and thought hard whether keeping a puma was common sense. The two promised to do their best to nurse Messi back to life and provide everything for him. The puma’s personality is incredible, says Aleksandr! The two felines are probably the most spoiled house cats in the world. Ever since he was a kid, Aleksandr had longed to own a big cat. They so loved the little puma so they have contacted owner (owner of the zoo of course) asking him to sell them cat. The Russian couple had to improvise, so they took Messi to dog training, and he proved everyone how smart he was! As the puma is still a kitten, he naturally wants to play with her. A cat of many names, the puma is also known as the cougar, panther or mountain lion. The Russian couple truly feels as though something divine brought them and Messi the puma together. March 2, 2019 by sam. It’s quite uncommon to hear people adopting wild animals, but Messi’s story is unusual. “When Messi was three months old he was sold to the zoo in our city Penza. Like most house pets, Messi likes to cuddle and play around, but it’s a wild animal that lives in an apartment in the Russian city of Penza with owners Aleksandr and Maria. Couple claims 6-year-old girl they adopted from Ukraine is actually adult woman determined to kill them . “So we went to the zoo and started negotiations to buy Messi. Russian officials allegedly allowed a gay couple to adopt children. Here's how much of a gentle...cat he is! Surprisingly, the management agreed. The incredibly sweet footage shows the big cat at home with the couple as he plays with them and tries to wake his owners while they sleep by licking them. 'She doesn't want to be friends with Messi and hisses at him whenever she sees him. Okay, it’s far bigger than a cat, but not so big for a puma. All cat owners around the world know that sleeping with a cat at night means waking up at least three times to cuddle and play for a while! A Russian couple who adopted a wild cougar have grown a huge social media following thanks to an Instagram and YouTube account which tracks their daily activities together. Playing next. After adopting him, they had to nurse him back to health. Feb. 21 (UPI) --A Russian couple's pet has become a social media sensation after they adopted a cougar from a petting zoo and brought it to live in … Follow. Farm Heroes Saga, the #4 Game on iTunes. December 15, 2019. “Everyone who knows him thinks he is a human in a puma's skin. ', Pawsome: Messi is even friends with the neighbourhood dogs. When the couple saw Messi, it was love at first sight. Mariya has always dreamed of being the owner of a large cat. Russian Couple Adopt Baby Puma With Health Problems And Spoils It Like Any Other Cat. 'Of course it's quite dangerous having such a large cat at home, but Messi is a special animal. It’s quite uncommon to hear people adopting wild animals, but Messi’s story is unusual. Alex Lasker, In The Know. Bigger than your average house cat. ', Love at first sight: Mariya embraces the animal. The couple first saw this huge cat in a petting zoo and instantly fell in love with him. It should also be noted that the couple don’t, in fact, encourage anyone to domesticate pumas and other big cats: Messi is an exception because he … Adopting a …Cat. 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. '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. We don't allow him to get close to her. 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.. 'It's hard to explain but we believe that having this puma is part of our destiny. He was born at a local petting zoo in Penza, Russia. When they talk to him, he’d either agree or act as if he was insulted! In the beginning, Messi was very weak, but Alexandr and Mariya gave him the necessary care. Barely 20 months ago a Russian couple were oblivious of the basic rules of soccer. Now Russia's Investigative Committee has opened a criminal negligence case. 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. Want to hear more about Messi? He even went to dog training lessons! We are no longer accepting comments on this article. 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. The couple, however, would not recommend having wild cats at home as they know that they are lucky that Messi has a calm temperament. Messi likes to take naps with his dad, but when he gets bored, he starts tapping him on his shoulder. Mariya and Aleksandr Dmitriev share a one-bedroom apartment with a 90lb puma, named Messi, after the soccer superstar. 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. The couple knows owning a wild cat is dangerous, but they also know that Messi is unique. 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! Close • Posted by 45 minutes ago. How did this happen and what they thought of the strange addition to their family? A beautiful puma named Messi who was rescued from a Russian contact zoo lives the life of a spoiled domestic house cat with humans Sasha and Masha in Penza. 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. '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. Image credits: l_am_puma. But Messi is more than a cat…. Aleksandr couldn’t find other trainers than the usual dog handlers. Instagram/ Im_a_puma. Adopting a Puma. A couple fell so in love with a puma that they decided to adopt him, and move him into their family home. Rzeee. When Messi came to the Dmitrievs house, the Sphynx cat Kira didn’t want to play with him. The couple already had a sphynx cat called Kira when they bought their pet puma but the two have not been able to get along. So along with his two siblings, Messi was also named after football players. Mar 11, 2019 by apost team. The three puma cubs were the attraction of the zoo, but Messi was only three months old when he got ill. In an interview with the media, Aleksandr added that Messi has the habits of a cat: He is just an ordinary cat, but a big one.” And he really is a spoiled cat. Oct 10th 2019 12:43PM. Yes, you read it right, we said PUMA. Messi was born in 2015 at the Saransk zoo in Russia. instagram.com. 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. How did that happen, you wonder…? We were surprised ourselves when they agreed,” added Mariya. … Tiger cub clambers over its mother for a cuddle, Brazilian bank robbers leave cash strewn across streets as getaway, Police arrest man suspected of stabbing customer at M&S Burnley, MP Charles Walker says 'not all deaths are equal' in Commons, PM hints to look at each local county efforts when reviewing Tiers, Matt Hancock says he would take vaccine despite having had Covid, Man arrested following stabbing in Marks and Spencer Burnley store, Blind husky finally gathers courage to jump down from step, Cat accompanies firefighters to stand guard every day for years, Hot air balloon worker plunges to his death after high winds, We have a vaccine! 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. His name is Messi and he’s a domesticated puma. Mariya said: 'It's hard to explain but we believe that having this puma is part of our destiny.'. They regularly bath Messi like an ordinary pet. The Russian couple first spotted Messi at the Saransk Zoo in Penza when he was just eight-months-old … According to a friend of the couple, that zoo was not the place where this cub would survive: “Messi used to be in a contact zoo – an awful type of zoo, where animals live in small rooms with no equipment for them and every visitor can come in and touch them.”, When the couple heard about the cub and his situation, they began wondering if they could somehow hand rear him and save his life. Russian couple adopted puma cub with health problems and spoils it like any other cats. They urged the couple to send the puma to a wildlife sanctuary. We were surprised ourselves when they agreed. A beautiful puma named Messi who was rescued from a Russian contact zoo lives the life of a spoiled domestic house cat with humans Sasha and Masha in Penza. If you haven’t already followed Messi on Instagram or subscribed to his YouTube channel, then do it! So it happened that the now two and a half year old Puma leads a life as a domestic cat. Russian Couple Adopt 90lb Puma And He Becomes The World’s Most Spoiled Kitty. The wild cat had health problems when the couple first met him and was only two-thirds the size of a normal puma. But he also likes to destroy many plush toys and soccer balls. Share. Alexander, 38, had always wanted to have a big cat as a pet, but he always had in his head that he would have a lynx so getting a puma was 'a surprise'. Messi was only a cub when he met Kira, but Kira hissed at him, he knew best than to approach her! Messi has a particular hobby – climbing on stuff to get high enough and stare out of the window. But how did the Russian couple get to adopt a puma? Russian couple live with a cougar in their apartment. An adorable video shows the couple doing everyday things at home with the now two-and-a-half year old wild cat. That is just like my cat! “It’s hard to explain, but we think having this cougar was our destiny,” Mariya says. And, upon hearing about Messi’s fate, they began considering adopting Messi as their own. They see them as being an object of absolute affection. But Aleksandr and Mariya state that Messi couldn’t survive in the wild. 'So we went to the zoo and started negotiations to buy Messi. 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. 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. “Alexsandr loves animals so much and had been dreaming about having a big cat for his whole life. Now they're taking turns to get to the window. Meet Messi, a puma that was adopted from a petting zoo and now lives in an apartment along with his owners. Copyright © 2020 Duke Digital Group, Inc. All Rights Reserved, Couple Adopts Baby Puma, Now He’s All Grown Up And Well Mannered. Maria and Alexander saw a bobcat once in zoo. Sometimes he agrees with what we say, but sometimes he can be insulted.