Man Buys Two Poodles for $150, Finds Out They Are Ferrets on Steroids

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This is why keeping your receipt is important. According to the Daily Mail U.K., a sad fad has started up in Argentina's largest bazaar, La Salada, where ferrets on steroids are sold to visitors "disguised" as pure-bred toy poodles.

The pseudo-dogs sell quickly because of what appears to be an amazing price for an in-demand canine. It is not until later that buyers realize they have been duped, and have spent hundreds of dollars on a pumped-up ferret.

One tourist didn't find out he had been tricked until he took his two new "poodles" to the vet for checkups. The vet delivered a shocking diagnosis: The man purchased two ferrets that had been fed steroids since birth and specially groomed to look extra fluffy.

While many considered the stories of these horrid sales to be urban legends, local TV stations are finding they have some truth. Reporters have found several buyers complaining about suffering from the same scam. Multiple people have been sold pure-bred canines for around $150 to only discover they are what Argentina calls the "Brazilian rat."

So far, no one has taken any legal action towards ending this bizarre trade. Hopefully, the practice will stop soon. Not only are tourists being scammed, but we can't imagine a lifetime of drugs is healthy for these innocent ferrets.

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