Published on Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:00
Gullible bargain hunters at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires, Argentina have been duped into forking out hundreds of dollars for what they think are beautiful toy poodles, only to realize that Fido is in fact a ferret pumped up on steroids to give it a stockier look of a puppy.
An Argentine man could not believe his luck when he found what was claimed to be pedigree toy poodles being sold at the bazaar. Toy poodles are typically sold above US$1000 (S$1237), while ferrets are normally priced around US$75 (S$93). He purchased two of them at a price of US$150 (S$186) each, despite being suspicious that they might be what Argentineans call a ‘Brazilian rat’.
Really, you don’t say? How does the ferret in the picture above look like a puppy to you? I am sure that I won’t have to point out which one is the real dog and which one is the damn rat. Just look at those squinty eyes full of vile hatred that makes the ferret seem all ready to pounce and eat your face off.
As it turns out, this man is not very bright. He was shocked when he brought the two ‘poodles’ to the veterinarian for their vaccinations only to have his suspicions confirmed that he had indeed bought two humongous ferrets.
The veterinarian informed him that the ferrets "had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle."
A woman has also fallen victim to the ferret-dog scam. She told the local news station that she was tricked into purchasing a Chihuahua at the same market.
These dim-witted victims have not filed complaints, and it is uncertain what the both of them did with their faux dogs.
I just have one advice for these people; know what dogs actually look like in the first place before you decide to bring one of them home. It is your fault for over paying for a giant rodent hopped up on steriods.