Ignoring his family’s complaints, a businessman has gone ahead and spent 1 million yuan a year on a breeding center for a growing pack of wolves. Considering the stereotypical fate of China’s “wild” dogs, it’s safe to say faith in humanity has been slightly restored by this case.
The 71-year-old businessman, surnamed Yang, devotes more than 1 million yuan each year to his pack of 150 domesticated wolves. Although his family was unhappy about him spending such a ludicrous amount of money and time on such an unorthodox hobby, Yang has discovered that the more time he spends with the wolves, the greater his love for the animals becomes. Yang is able to run his breeding center using funds from his logistics company.
Living in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, Yang’s passion began in 1998 when he came across a female wolf with its paws tightly bound in manacles and chains, locked up inside a cage at a friend’s house. He requested for the cage to be opened so he could loosen the wolf’s manacles and chains. After the wolf was released from the cage, Yang was surprised that it immediately crouched down at his feet like a pet dog. His friend later sent him the wolf and several cubs born a few days earlier as a gift, South China Morning Post reported.
Yang now takes care of eight different species of wolves, some of which he has reared himself, others that have been imported from abroad.
Surprisingly, Yang has apparently only ever been bitten once. On that occasion a pack of wolves came to his rescue. The pack grouped together in an effort to protect their owner from the unkind wolf. Yang said that he suffered a serious injury to his arm in the incident. Shocking, a wolf acting like a wild animal.
In China, wolves have been virtually exterminated in their natural habitats. Residents of Sayingpan in Yunnan province may have an explanation for why that is. Last year, locals there captured, skinned, cooked and devoured one hungry wolf that unluckily wandered into the village in search of some chickens. Poor chap.
Yang doesn’t sell his beloved animals, which means one thing is for sure: Yang’s pack of 150 wolves and their price tag will only increase in size in the years to come. We suspect his wife regrets telling him to find a hobby.
By Seamus Gibson
[Images via ChinaNews / ChinaNews]
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