Throughout the entire human history, there have been many superstitions as well as prejudices that surround the wolves. Most of the people see these wolves that are the majestic creatures, really as the ruthless killer creatures that are a threat to the livestock. Luckily, there are often many instances occurring throughout human history that tend to break down these prejudiced stereotypes.
Today we decided to let our readers know about one such story of a Russian family that is actually living with their very own pet wolf right inside their home.
Meet Ivan and his pet wolf Seryi.
Back on 8th May 2017, the farmers working in the region of Astrakhan, Russia found a lair of the wolves along with one cub inside it, that the villagers had initially planned to put down for good. Luckily for that wolf cub, among that extermination party was a 46 years old man named Ivan who worked as a massage therapist in the area. He managed to buy one of the wolf cubs from these farmers when the said cub was only 3 to 4 weeks old. He named it ‘Seryi’ that translates into English as ‘Gray’. Seryi now happens to be the sole survivor of the 6 cub s found in the lair of wolves.
Ivan gets the help to raise Seryi from his daughter as well.
Ivan and his family lived in Astrakhan for a while before they move to live in another area called Volgograd. Ivan’s 19 years old daughter named Alexandra happens to be a dog trainer who helped her father in taking care of Seryi.
It is no easy task to have a wild wolf living in your house as a pet.
At this time, Seryi is a 2 and a half years old with a height of 28 inches and a weight of almost 100 lbs. Ivan says that his pet wolf needs to actually take long walks no matter how the weather is. This is why having the pet wolf at home can be a demanding task. He says that he hardly has any free time with his pet wolf around him to have a little bit of rest. “You cannot fool a wolf twice but still, you can persuade them.”
Seryi, despite being a wolf, happens to be like any other normal dog in her behavior.
Despite what folks know about wolves to be ferocious and wild creatures, Ivan differs with this and says that his pet wolf is almost similar to any other dog in his behavior. He often feels scared and is afraid of crossing the roads as well as going near objects that he does not know like the boxes or other stuff, where especially a person or someone can fit themselves for hiding. Ivan also does not allow strangers to take pictures of Seryi as he gets scared when someone takes his picture. The other main reason for not letting passersby take pictures of Seryi is that he is not an exhibition animal, instead of a real part of Ivan’s family. Seryi walks with his owner to take long walks while only being on a leash and does not wear a muzzle.
As per Ivan, wolves are really friendly animals.
Even before Ivan welcomed Seryi in his home, he already had owned dogs. Seryi considers these dogs as the older members of his new pack. Just like any other dog, when Seryi gets upset, he bites. When he goes out for a walk, Seryi tends to get along well with the dogs that are of his height or are almost similar. He tends to ignore the dogs that are of small size.
Ivan happens to be the leader in the eyes of Seryi for his new pack.
Despite Seryi being a demanding pet, he considers Ivan as the pack leader of his new family. While Seryi gets along really well with Ivan’s daughter, the only one who can lift Seryi up and give him medicines is Ivan.
Although Seryi has a meat diet, he still tires other food items as well.
Like any other wolf or a dog, Seryi eats meat. On a daily basis, Seryi eats 1.2 of the meat or the chicken. However, unlike wolves, Seryi sometimes also loves to eat fruits, berries or vegetables. In order to provide Seryi with supplements, Ivan sometimes treats Seryi with items like cookies, honey, and nuts.
Ivan says that wolves are not only curious but very intelligent animals.
Ivan says that the nature of Seryi is very protective as he looks after other dogs around the house. Ivan has also trained Seryi on how to open the windows or flip the light switches around the house On.
If someone wants to adopt a wolf, then Ivan has some tips for them.
The very first tip for anyone who plans to adopt a wolf is “never Do It”. Wolves are very demanding animals by nature and they require a ton of energy and a lot of time to take care of them properly. They are not in the least bit easy to take care of. Still, if someone still plans to adopt a wolf as a pet, they should then spend a lot of their time with the said wolf to create a better relationship with the wolf. For building that better relationship with a pet wolf, one needs to feed the wolf themselves, sleep with them, walk with them for hours as well as try to provide them with a separate enclosure where they can avoid the problems from seeing others. These enclosures should be big enough for the wolf to move around easily.