Messi the puma was rescued by Aleksandr and Mariya Dmitriev in 2016 after living in a petting zoo in Russia. Messi was suffering from a number of health problems and was going to be euthanized.
Aleksandr and Mariya said it was “love at first sight” when they met Messi at the zoo and worked with the staff to take him home and care for him. They nursed him back to health and is now part of their family.
The couple posts photos and videos of Messi on their Instagram account almost daily.