When is a poodle not a poodle? When it’s a ferret masquerading as a poodle. A man in Buenos Aires, Argentina, purchased what he thought were two toy poodles, but later found out were a couple of overly fluffy ferrets. It’s unclear whether the man had never, you know, seen a poodle before, or if he’d just been distracted by the white fluffy fur of the animals, but he didn’t realize his mistake until he took the animals to the vet and learned 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.” The man paid $150 each for the ferrets (toy poodles normally go for around $1000).
Weirdly, another woman from the same market said she’d been duped into purchasing a ferret she’d been told was a chihuahua, so it’s pretty clear that Argentina needs to revamp its Puppy Education Program. [Daily Mail UK]