A 20-year-old woman in northern China is being hailed as the nation’s “Queen of Wolves.”
The woman, identified as Zhou Xinyue, has been raising a whopping pack of 36 wolves at an eco-farm in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia.
Queen of wolves! This girl in North China’s Inner Mongolia raises 36 wolves by herself. pic.twitter.com/VxQ8INZURM
— China Daily (@ChinaDaily) December 2, 2018
In a viral video, Zhou is seen feeding and playing with about eight of the canine predators without apparent issue.
Speaking to Beijing Youth Daily, Zhou revealed that she has been around wolves since childhood. Apparently, her uncle was a breeder who raised four himself.
“I liked canines when I was little. My family raised a few dogs, and when I visited my uncle and met the wolves, I felt like communicating with them very much,” the South China Morning Post quoted Zhou as saying.
Like most people, Zhou feared wolves the first time she met them. But with her uncle’s guidance, she eventually learned the ropes of raising them.
“I was afraid of them and they were also afraid of me,” she recalled. “But I treated them very carefully, observed them closely and spent time with them almost every day.”
Zhou started raising wolves herself at age 16, just after graduating from junior high school. She plans to do the same work in the future.
“I have developed deep feelings for wolves now,” she said.
Zhou is currently responsible for feeding each of her “pets” 10 kilograms (22.05 pounds) of meat every day, including chicken and lamb. Additionally, she attends to their vaccines and anti-parasite treatment.
For her work, she receives a monthly compensation of 2,800 yuan ($410).
However, Zhou’s job is not without risk, especially when the wolves start to become aggressive. For this reason, she has since worn Mongolian gowns to protect herself from scratches.
“Sometimes they can be naughty, so I have to hit them while feeding. They don’t attack me, but sometimes their sharp claws can scratch me. It is totally unintentional.”
People had mixed reactions about Zhou’s work. Many were reportedly touched by her close relationship with the wolves, but some were concerned about her safety.
“A true princess.”
“I have seen the coolest girl.”
“This is dedication!”
“I have seen her live broadcast before… It’s really a wolf.”
“By being able to do what you like, money is no longer a problem. I envy her.”