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The Mysterious Russian Wolf/Bear Has Been Revealed To Be A Dog

The Mysterious Russian Wolf/Bear Has Been Revealed To Be A Dog

Photos of the bizarre looking animal went viral earlier this week.

Claire Reid

Claire Reid

Remember the bizarre wolf/bear hybrid which was recently found in Russia?

Credit: Central European News

Pictures of the dog/bear went viral as people speculated on what it could be.

The animal was found in Chelyabinsk, in south-central Russia's Chelyabinsk Oblast region, and was taken into an animal shelter. At first glance, it looks like a bear cub, but when it stands on all fours it has the appearance of a dog or wolf.

Animal activist Igor said: "It has a difficult character, actually a little noxious.

"We had a tough time with it, while we were transporting it. The new owner would have to spend a lot of time in order to figure out individual approach to this dog."

Well, it has since been discovered that the animal is actually a dog, bred to look like a bear.

The poor animal, which vets believe is around four years old and male, was living on the streets after its owners kicked out for being too 'aggressive', according to the Sun.

The dog is now reported to be in 'serious stress' at the Nash Dom animal sanctuary, where it's staying.

Experts have since hit out at the 'cruel breeding' of such animals. Polina Kefer, who runs the sanctuary, believes the dog may be a cross between a Chow Chow and a wild, street dog.

She said: "We are looking for some really experienced carers for him, but have not found them yet.

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"This dog is a 'badly-made' Chow Chow, by those pet markets where irresponsible breeders sell pets pretending that they are a pure breed.

"People buy such puppies and once they grow into something like this dog, they just throw them out like a broken toy."

She told the Serbian Times that the dog has a distinctive blue tongue, which is a characteristic of the Chow Chow, and thinks it's been bred with a 'long-nosed' dog.

"Sadly the dog is so stressed it fights and bites back," she said. "We think it might take months to socialise him."

A volunteer at the shelter told the paper one family were left with no choice but to give him up after he hid in a shed, refusing to come out and 'showed no interest in making friends'.

Let's hope the poor little fella gets all the help he needs and can eventually find a new home.

Source: The Sun

Featured Image Credit: Central European News

Topics: Viral, Dog, World News, Weird, Russia