Yup, This Happened: Ferrets on Steroids Sold as Poodles!

Shoppers in Buenos Aires learned their pedigree dog purchases were actually scams

As a vegetarian and animal lover, my first reaction to this story about ferrets being made to look like poodles with the help of steroids should be outrage. But take a look at that picture and just try not to giggle.

According to the Daily Mail, an Argentinian man intended to purchase a couple of toy poodles for $150 apiece at an outdoor market in the capital city of Buenos Aires. He later learned at the vet that he'd actually been scammed -- and that what he'd purchased instead of pedigree dogs at a bargain price was actually a pair of ferrets who'd been given steroids to increase their size.

According to the vet, 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," translated from the local news report that caught the Daily Mail's attention.

The Daily Mail also reports that another woman said she too was scammed when she meant to purchase a chihuaha from the same bazaar.

Why the scam? Money, of course. A toy poodle can cost more than $1,000.

Lest you find yourself in a similar situation down south in Argentina, the paper has tips for how you can avoid the same trickery. For one, know that ferrets do a little dance and cluck softly when they're happy and hiss when they're upset. Toy poodles typically weigh about nine pounds, and have cheerful, upbeat dispositions.

Now you know.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.

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