Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2013 09:04
Toy poodle vs ferret | image via YouTube
Apparently, you have to be on the lookout for all kinds of scams nowadays. It was reported yesterday that some salesmen from an Argentinian bazaar were passing off fluffed up ferrets on steroids as toy poodles and selling them for $150 a pop.
The Daily Mail caught wind of the story first after watching a news report from Buenos Aires. The man that bough the original "poodles" discovered that they were actually ferrets when he took them to the veterinarian. In addition, the report states that a woman also thought she bought a Chihuahua at the same market, but it turned out that this toy dog was also a ferret.
Unfortunately, it is unclear what has become of the enhanced ferrets.
Argentineans call these enhanced creatures a "Brazilian rat" after being given steroids for so long. As a personal guide for the public when it comes to buying toy animals in the market place, Daily Mail has made a serious checklist.
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 poodles have long lifespans and have been known to live as long as 20 years.
Toy poodles are described as sweet, cheerful and perky and lively and love to be around people
Although, this is apparently a fairly common occurrence for scam artists. So the next time you go out to an open air market place in search of a pet please bring this checklist with you.
Were you fooled by the pumped up weasel? Or were you able to see the difference between the two animals?