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Man Discovers His Pet Poodles Are Actually Steroid-Enhanced Rodents

Update Date: Apr 08, 2013 08:37 AM EDT

An Argentinean dog lover thought he struck a bargain when he bought two toy poodles for a mere $150. However, later he discovered that his newly purchased white pooches were actually steroid-enhanced rodents.

The retired man from Catamarca did not immediately notice that the pedigree dogs he ordered were in fact "Brazilian rats", an Argentinean term for ferrets, on steroids until he took his newly-purchased "dogs" to the vet to be vaccinated, according to the Daily Mail.

Apparently, the two ferrets had been given steroids since birth to increase their size and had been groomed to make their coats look like fluffy toy poodles.

According to The Independent, the unidentified elderly man was not alone. Reporters at a local television new station in Buenos Aires found that the another woman shopping at La Salada market had also ended up with a ferret after she bought what she thought was a Chihuahua.

According to The Independent, the man only paid around $75 for his "poodles". Real poodles generally cost more than $1,000 in the U.S., and ferrets around $75.

The man and the woman have not filed complaints, and it is not known whether they kept their new ferrets.

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