From common pets like dogs and cats to exotic pets like snakes and parrots, a wide range of animals can be kept as pets.
Then there are pets like Kira, the wolf, who appear on rare occasions.
Kira had been abandoned by her mother at the age of three days and was unable to survive on her own; thankfully, Alida came to her rescue.
Alida took her in, raised, trained, and raised her as a dog so that she could have a second chance at life.
Because wolves, unlike dogs, are wild at heart and lack generations of domestication in their genes, Kira was understandably difficult to domesticate.
Alida had to work extra hard because she was wary of new things. Kira required a great deal of socialization; she interacted with children, adults, and even animals.
She’s now fully domesticated and wouldn’t harm a fly, thanks to a lot of hard work.
“Kira’s mother used to live with a family, but they were unable to care for her, and she was placed in a nursery. She doesn’t have faith in anyone anymore. Kira and I both came out of the same womb.”
“Because no one taught her to hunt, there’s a good chance she’ll die if she’s released into the wild. Kira’s mother abandoned her babies in the nursery when they were three days old, so they were fed by hand. And I took her away as soon as Kira grew stronger, feeding her milk first.”
“When she was 28 days old, I took her from the nursery. She is intelligent but obstinate. She is more concerned with herself than with me when making decisions. I started the process of socialization for her right away. She saw a great deal of dogs, people, and kids.”
“We went on walks in different places so she could smell new things and hear new sounds. Wolves have an innate fear of new things, known as neophobia. This is a long and arduous process, but it is required so that Kira can live with me in an urban environment and feel at ease.”
Alida took Kira from the nursery when she was only 28 days old and continued to care for, feed, and educate her.
“Kira’s upbringing, too, had its issues, but with time, they fade away and the work pays off—she has a stable and mild psyche, does not react to other dogs’ aggression, and does not initiate conflicts. She is gentle with children and avoids approaching them if they are afraid of her.”
Alida made sure she wasn’t afraid of the modern world by taking her on numerous adventures.
“On the street, people are generally curious, asking to be photographed, and wondering if living with a wolf is dangerous, especially if there is a child at home (I have a 7-year-old son, Bogdan.)”
Kira is now a happy, fully domesticated dog who shares her home with a 7-year-old boy whom she adores.
Passers-by frequently inquire about Alida’s experiences living with wolves.
Check out Kira’s Instagram account, she.s.a.wolf, to keep up with her and Alida’s daily lives.