Category: Weird Articles
Published on Monday, 25 August 2014 00:00
A Belarusian family from the village of Zacherevye, 250 kilometers north of Minsk, has been living with a pack of wolves for five years now. The Selekhs adopted a group of young wild wolves and raised them as pets, and though they might look ferocious and ready to bite your face off, the family has completely tamed the pack of wolves, and the wolves behave like happy-go-lucky domesticated dogs.
Wolves are instinctively wild by nature, and they follow a strict hierarchy code within the pack. A pack is led by an alpha couple, and the rest of the wolves are subservient towards them. But the Selekh wolves display none of these characteristics, they treat their other wolf counterparts as equals, play fighting and frolicking around gleefully. They even take turns giving the little girl, Alisa, piggyback rides around the garden.
The wolves have never shown any sign of aggression towards the humans who took them in. Alisa is safe rolling around and sharing kisses with them within millimeters of their razor-sharp fangs, and there is no fear of her ever getting torn apart before. The Selekh and the domesticated wolves' unique relationship began in 2009 when Alisa's father, Oleg, the local gamekeeper, brought the young wolves home.
Oleg was on one of his usual treks through the forest when his dog, Silva, discovered four orphaned wolf cubs. Oleg being familiar with the area, instantly knew that their parents had been shot by hunters. As he gazed at the adorable balls of fur huddled up together for warmth, he knew that they would not be able to survive the harsh winter on their own. So he carried them home, built a special enclosure and the rest of the family developed a special bond with them.
Over the years, the Selekh wolves have become popular with the local villagers, who often gather to watch on in fascination as Alisa play with the pack.
The Selekh’s story is a heartwarming one, but animal experts warn that domesticated wolves can be even more dangerous than wild ones. That’s because wild wolves are naturally afraid of humans and tend to flee, but domesticated wolves lose this natural fear, making them the bigger threat, and if they snap at any time, they could shred you limb from limb in a matter of seconds.