Yuki The Giant Wolf Dog | BEAST BUDDIES
Brittany: You probably would attack someone if given the right circumstance.
Yuki is a high content wolf dog. He is about 87.5% grey wolf.
I was nervous the first time going in with Yuki. Yuki can be dangerous.
I believe it’s either five or less volunteers that we have that can actually interact with Yuki.
I was able to start working with him and understanding him,
and he obviously allowed me to share space with him.
Yuki’s 12 years old, around 120 pounds. he’s very tall, which is a normal wolf trait.
Good boy. Yuki has a fairly similar story to most of our animals that we have at the sanctuary.
So someone had obtained him in some way as a puppy.
And they realized pretty quickly that he exhibits more wolf like behaviour versus dog like behaviour.
He ended up at a shelter, which basically wolf dogs, or any dog that appears to be Wolfie they
are put first to be euthanized. So we were alerted and we stepped in and he’s been with us ever since.
This is just an example of what he normally eats. He eats a raw diet. so he gets chicken and pork.
Sometimes he gets ground beef.
They pretty much just annihilate this and you don’t want your fingers anywhere
near a wolf’s mouth when you’re feeding it.
People have compared Yuki to the direwolves from Game of Thrones.
I’m really happy that Yuki’s picture went viral.
because people can see him, and people can just admire him for what he is.
So this one is actually where I caught him mid-yawn. He’s pretty relaxed with people taking his picture.
But it looks pretty ferocious.
Jeremy: Yuki is our most successful animal in sense of fame, for sure.
A Shywolf sanctuary is an exotic animal sanctuary.
We mainly rescue animals that were bred to be pets.
And ended up unwanted or abandoned for multitude of reasons.
That’s amazing isn’t he? Look at those eyes.
Hey, buddy. So Cimarron.
We refer to him as a Florida Panther because he was born and bred here in Florida.
But really, if you genetically tested him, he would probably DNA test as a North American mountain lion.
This guy is the biggest cat in the world that can still Purr.
So we do not interact directly with Cimarron. He’s the one animal we have here where you don’t.
He was played with rough, and he doesn’t know how to treat a human being without injuring us.
Tim: Jasper came to us actually as a wolf dog.
Somebody took advantage of and he came back 100% Grey wolf.
So that’s just an example of an animal being bought and sold as a wolf do,
and actually turned out being a full blooded wolf.
Just one of the reasons why we wound up with him. The difficulty that the owner had taking care of him
If you hang back over here, there’s a chance that he’ll come up to me with you in here.
But he may just end up pacing.
He’s scared. Come here Jasper, come here buddy. It’s okay.
Come here buddy
Are you going to howl for us?
Jeremy: It’s really exciting when we do get an opportunity to rescue a young animal.
We took in two cubs today, they’re 14 weeks each. Their names are Samson and Sierra.
And they are wolf dogs.
This is our volunteer’s first opportunity to interact with them.
Deanna: The lady who brought them down. She had some medical issues that,
prevented her from getting the animals.
Jeremy: Do you see those back feet? Right now, you would think that they
that would indicate that these are going to be fairly large animals.
I’m seeing a lot of wolfiness in the in the huge oversized paws. But I’m seeing a lot of
German shepherd like stuff in the ears.
You see how the ears are really oversized. They’re pointy on the top.
We’ve got a couple of other animals here like that.
Brittany: A year ago now, the sanctuary found out that Yuki had cancer.
We don’t really know the expectancy of what could come out of Yuki’s illness.
But so far, Yuki has just been in such high spirits. He’s not showing any signs of pain.
He’s an awesome animal. He’s amazing. He had a rough start, someone abandoned him.
I’m so glad that Shywolf, was able to step in and give him a home where he can
just have so much affection and so much love given to him.
Jeremy: As far as our future goes, we are trying to get to a larger property and build this a state of the art facility.
Right now. We’ve been surviving on two and a half acres of land for almost 30 years.
If I have 20 times the space I have now.
Then I have 20 times the Yukis that I can rescue. And that’s what we’re here to do.