Steroid-filled ferrets have been sold as toy poodles in Argentina, Digital Spy reports.
An Argentine dog lover who thought he purchased a pair of poodles at an outdoor market in Buenos Aires brought them home to the vet who said that they were ferrets on steroids, reports the Daily Mail.
The man, a retiree from Catamarca, bought the pets at La Salada, Argentina’s largest bazaar.
The veterinarian informed him 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,” the paper says, translating a report from a local Argentine TV station. He paid $150 per poodle.
As Yahoo! News writes, another woman told reporters that she was also tricked into thinking she had bought a highly anticipated chihuahua at the same market.
Users of social networking sites did not seem to have much sympathy for the victims of the con.
@Josh_Roper tweeted: “So a man spent £100 on a poodle, to only find out it was a ferret on steroids hahahaha.”
@inflatedKarma added: “If you don’t know the difference between a toy poodle and a ferret on steroids you probably deserve to get ripped off.”
As the media explains, toy poodle puppies can be purchased upwards of $1,000 in the United States and a ferret will usually set someone back around $75.
“Compared to Mumbai’s infamous Dharavi slum, La Salada is a self contained micro-economic center of the Argentinian capital, largely filled with skilled Bolivian workers who have migrated,” The Daily Mail described the region.
“A stark contrast to the sprawling wealth of some parts of Buenos Aires, La Salada is a collection of small and informal workers, distributors and entrepreneurs – some lucky enough to sell ferrets as dogs for $150.”
The publication also provides its readers with some pieces of advice how to make sure that the pooch you’re purchasing is actually a ferret:
- Ferrets typically have brown, white or mixed fur and are around 51 cm in length – which includes a 13 cm tail.
- They weigh around three pounds and have a lifespan of 7 to 10 years.
- When happy, ferrets may perform a routine known as the weasel war dance – which is characterized by a series of hops and frenzied attempts to bump into things.
- This is often accompanied by a soft clucking noise called dooking. When upset ferrets make a hissing noise.
- Toy poodles are known for their intelligence and are around 25 cm tall and weigh around nine pounds.
- If a toy poodle exceeds 25 cm height, it cannot compete in any dog show as a toy poodle.
- Toy poodle have long lifespans and have been known to live as long as 20-years.
- They are described as sweet, cheerful and perky and lively and love to be around people.