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Swimming with wolves: The Belarusian family who keep the wild animals for company

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Swimming with wolves: The Belarusian family who keep the wild animals for company

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They may not be man’s best friend, but grey wolves have certainly become good companions for the Selekh family in Belarus.

Encouraged by the hunting trade, the wolf population in Belarus is booming. The Selekhs say they found the young pups orphaned by hunters.

Taming wolves is notoriously tricky, but it appears that they can be just as affectionate as their canine cousins.

“What I like is that their nature and opinions are inseparable,” remarks son Ales continuing, “In our wolves, for example, strength and naturalness are combined. They are loyal to those who brought them up and trained them.

However, there are some who warn against keeping such wild animals in a domestic setting. The Chairman of the Belgoshota, the Belarusian state company for hunting regulations says that keeping a predator at home is “very, very dangerous.”

By saving the pups, the family have made an eco-business out of the hunting trade, with curious tourists responding to the call of the wild.