Krista Miranda

By Krista Miranda

LifeBuzz Staff

Yuki The Wolf Dog Is So Huge That People Are Assuming That He's Fake.

With editing programs like Photoshop, it's quite easy to make anything look real. For example, have you ever seen the picture of the shark floating down the highway in Florida? The photo was "taken" after Florida was hit by a hurricane, and despite the fact that many people were shocked by its release, the photo was 100% Photoshopped. Recently, a photo of a very large wolf-dog was released, and people from all over are assuming that it's fake.


If you're a fan of the hit TV show Game of Thrones, then you're probably familiar with the infamous dire wolves on the show. While this animal might look like an animated creature from medieval times, he most certainly is not. Say hello to the beautiful Yuki the Giant Wolfdog, who lives at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.

Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Yuki was brought to the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, when he was only eight months old. The 2.5-acre sanctuary is a home and rehabilitation center for wolf dogs and other exotic animals. "Yuki came to the sanctuary in very typical fashion. He became too much for his owner and was dropped off at a high kill shelter. The shelter called us and gave us a chance to evaluate. Yuki was very obviously a high content wolf-dog so we were able to pull him and give him a home in our sanctuary,” explained Jeremy Albrecht, one of the sanctuary's directors, in an interview with INSIDER.


Yuki, who looks a lot like a dire wolf, is actually a wolf-hybrid. According to the Shy Wolf Sanctuary, Yuki is 87.5% Gray Wolf, 8.6% Siberian Husky, and 3.9% German Shepherd. Because of Yuki’s massive size, his photo recently went viral from people disbelieving that he is a real animal.

Instagram Star

As you can see, Yuki is no longer that 8-month-old pup that was brought to the sanctuary many years ago. In fact, Yuki is now 12 years old, and he weighs a whopping 120 pounds. Brittany Allen, who is a volunteer at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary, helped Yuki gain his Instagram fame by posting pictures of him on her Instagram page.

Yuki Fans

Once the Internet got a whiff of Yuki, many people reached out to adopt the beautiful wolf-dog. But, unfortunately, Yuki is indefinitely off the market. “Sorry everyone, but I am not available for adoption. I am 12 years old and terminally ill so I will be staying at Shy Wolf with my pack friend Bella in our enclosure. However, you can sponsor me!” wrote the sanctuary on Instagram.

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