Here are some facts about pumas: they can grow up to be 1.8 to 2.4 meters (6 to 8 feet), and they are powerfully built with large paws and sharp claws. What’s more, they can run up to 80 kph (50 mph), jump as high as 4.6 meters (15 feet) and kill an adult man within seconds.

Now that you know all that, how would you like to own a puma as a pet?
Well, while most people would never considerate this idea, for one family in Russia, having a puma as their pet comes natural. Messi is their pet puma, and they treat him just as any of us would treat our dogs and cats.

They take the puma out for walks, play with him and even give him baths! But you’re probably wondering how did the family ended up with a puma? Well, the wild animal is smaller in size than the average pumas, which means that out in the wild, he would be an easy target. Knowing that the puma would most likely not survive for long in the wilderness, the family took him and tried to domesticate it.

Here’s more about Messi and his life as a pet!