We have seen hundreds of stories about people rescuing all kinds of animals, but this one is trully special! A Russian couple, Mariya and Aleksandr, are living in a normal apartment and have a pet, but it is not a regular pet. They have a real puma at home, and this is kind of hard to believe! What is even more extraordinary is that the big cat is actually spoiled and enjoys the lush life Mariya and Aleksandr try to provide for their unusual family member. The animal’s name is Messi and it was born alongside its two siblings – Neymar and Suarez. The cubs were named like that in honor of the World Football Championship, which was hosted by Russia at that time. When Messi was 3 months old, the Saransk Zoo acquired the animal, but it became apparent that Messi had to deal with some heart issues. Mariya and Aleksandr did even the impossible to buy the puma and they eventually brought it home! 38-year-old Alexandr had a life-long dream of having a big cat at home, and his dream came true! The images below show moments of Messi’s life and we believe that this is one lucky puma!
1. Messi acts just like a normal cat
The typical cat curiosity can be seen in this image! The bathtub is empty, of course.
2. This is one really gorgeous animal
It looks like Messi definitely loves likes to snuggle and he has a blanket with a size to match!
3. The puma looks majestic even during naptime
It looks kind of weird to see such a big cat indoors!
4. We love seeing Messi and his cute behavior
We would also like to cuddle with the big cat for one long afternoon, at least!
5. Aleksandr loves his pet
We guess that Messi will never be just a pet, but rather the most important family member.
6. Sleeping like this is a favorite thing to Messi
We believe that people who have cats are used to seeing them like that!
7. This is a really unusual sight to see
Sleeping with a real puma is something most people never even thought of!
8. Aleksandr often takes Messi for a walk
It is definitely different than walking a dog and pedestrians are probably shocked to see this!
9. Mariya looks more than happy to have Messi by her side
As you can see, Messi seems quite comfortable among dogs and their owners.
10. The puma is absolutely stunning
The size of the beautiful big cat makes this photo look abnormal.
11. Just look how chill he actually is
We guess that even the normal domesticated cat breeds cannot do this!
12. There is a lot of love in this photo
Seeing how Messi accepts cuddles means that all the attention is more than desired!
13. Everything around Messi is oversized
Being an oversized cat, Messi need bigger accessories than any other house cat!
14. These huge paws are the cutest thing ever
We guess that size does not matter at all when it comes to cuteness!
15. This is an unlikely image
Seeing cats in the snow is a relatively rare sight, but big cats probably love it!
16. It seems that Messi is not happy around cows
Maybe this was the first time they took Messi to see such animals!
17. Car rides with a puma seem like a nice idea in this case
The cute couple looks more than happy to be able to take a puma for a ride!
18. Here is another does of cuteness
Despite the size and nature of Messi, the level of cuteness is the same as with a newborn kitten!
19. This is a real moment of zen
Aleksandr probably loves the moments he spends alone with Messi and Mariya!