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Messi is an adorable pet puma
Locator: Penza, Russia
Aleksandr and Maria Dmitriev have fostered the male puma for five years
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MESSI'S OWNER, ALEKSANDR DMITRIEV, SAYING: "As much as I attached to him as much he is attached to me. In fact we have this very strong bond between each other. When for example I leave home the cat doesn't want to go out of the house, he doesn't eat, he is very worried. Always meets me when I return home."
The Dmitrievs bought the exotic cat from the petting zoo
The couple have set up a social media account for Messi
posting photos and videos of their daily life with the big cat
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MESSI'S OWNER, ALEKSANDR DMITRIEV, SAYING: "The thing is that Messi has got a unique temper. Such animals like him don't inhabit planet Earth. As they say - many can go to sleep with a tiger, but only a few will wake up and that's his uniqueness, his social determination and his social skills in regard to humans. There is nothing like him exists not only among pumas but among any wild animals in general."