Watch the real-life Game of Thrones dire wolf
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A giant wolf dog has become an Internet sensation because of its uncanny resemblance to the Game of Thrones dire wolf.
The giant wolf-dog named Yuki with a DNA mix of 87.5% Gray Wolf, 8.6% Siberian Husky and 3.9% German Shepherd rose to fame after a volunteer at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Florida took his picture and shared it online.
Volunteer Brittany Allen shared the picture on Instagram which instantly went viral and people started comparing him with the Game of Thrones dire wolf.
Brittany told Barcroft TV: “I had an Instagram page kind of already developed before Yuki went viral. And it started definitely gaining more popularity as his picture was shared among all different accounts.”
“People have compared Yuki to the dire wolves from Game of Thrones. In fact, that’s a super popular comment that I see all the time on my page.”
Yuki weighs 120lbs and lives at the Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Florida. His previous owners abandoned him because of his wolf-like appearance.
Brittany is among a few people who are able to interact with Yuki.
Brittany said she was nervous at first while approaching Yuki as he is unpredictable.But, she was able to interact with Yuki.
She said: “He’s an awesome animal, he’s amazing even though, you know, he had a rough start. And you know, someone abandoned him and I’m so glad that Shy Wolf 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.”
The Shy Wolf Sanctuary rescues abandoned animals.They also help children through its Healing Hearts Program as they ‘have partnered with six organisations specialising in everything from foster children and abuse victims to people in hiding and children that have recently experienced trauma’, sanctuary Director Jeremy Albrecht said.
Last year, Yuki was diagnosed with cancer but he is in good spirits and not showing any signs of pain
Brittany said: “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.”