An unsuspecting pet owner whose enormous eight-month-old pup became too much for him to handle was given a rather terrifying explanation as to why he was growing so fast.
A DNA test revealed that Yuki was in fact more wolf than dog – with results showing he was made up of 87.5% Gray Wolf, 8.6% Siberian Husky, and 3.9% German Shepherd.
And while his owner, who was suffering from a tumour, couldn’t continue to care for Yuki, those at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, were all too happy to welcome him.
That was in 2008 and in the decade that has passed, the gentle-natured wolf has become a cherished member of the sanctuary, with images of his sheer stature going viral on social media.
One of his carers, Brit Allen, showed off just how massive the wolfdog really is, laying down next to Yuki as he smiles for the camera – putting to rest claims that he’s been Photoshopped.
However, sadly Yuki won’t be put up for adoption though, with the sanctuary confirming he is suffering from a terminal blood cancer.
“Yuki is very much a ‘ham’ and loves to be the centre of attention,” the sanctuary says.
“Yuki is a ladies man and a select group of female volunteers have been allowed in what we call his ‘harem’.
“It is an honour and at any given time he can decide someone is kicked out of the harem, and sadly for the volunteer, it usually means they are out for good.
“He has, however, met his match in little Bella… as she can and does take food right out of his mouth!”
Family accidentally raises pet bear
In May last year, a woman bought something she understood to be a puppy before bringing it home to her family in Kunming in the Yunnan province of China.
The family was immediately impressed with their new pet’s appetite, watching on in awe as what they believed to be a Tibetan Mastiff devoured a box of fruit and two buckets of noodles every day.
While there probably should have been a few earlier warning signs, it wasn’t until their 113kg dog started walking on its hind legs that they suspected something wasn’t quite right.
As their beloved pet “dog” failed to stop growing, Ms Yun realised her family had actually been living with and nurturing an Asiatic black bear.
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