Crochet cute wolf. Does cuteness create empathy with or misunderstanding about real animals?

Does cuteness create empathy with or misunderstanding about real animals?
Crochet wolf by Sarah Irving. (2019)
Despite concerns, we chose an acrylic yarn. To create a wolf in sheep’s wool would mean that the wolf had subsumed the sheep’s body; a symbolic consumption that would sit in opposition to my message about the human threat to wolves and other wild animals. We did look at plant yarns, such as a thistle or nettle thread but only found ones mixed with sheep’s wool.

‘The nettle yarn has a small amount of wool in it (about 10%) and he just didn’t look right in cotton – too smooth. It needed a slightly hairy yarn.’ (Sarah Irving)