A woman thinks she had a cute ‘puppy’ for over a year, but it turns out it’s not a puppy at all
What a surprise this must have been to her!
“The fur got thicker when it reached three months old. Its face became pointy and its tail grew longer than that of a normal dog. Other pet dogs seemed to be scared by my pet, so I walked it on a leash,” she remarked. Wang, a woman in China, had decided to seek the help of a local animal expert after her new puppy whom she had brought home from the pet store after 3 months showed signs that it wasn’t one after all.
She ferried the animal to a local zoo with a leash in tow, which surprised the staff members when they saw it. The staff member remarked that based on the size, it is actually domesticated fox – not a puppy! Their body odor is one of the traits foxes carry, which worsen as they get older. Although some species of foxes do strongly resemble puppies when they are young, but everything else changes as they age, such as their trademark bushy tail and a lack of bark.
Foxes sold as pets are unfortunately, very common in Asia – many pet shops sell them illegally as domesticated pets. Their real identity is often a mystery to buyers, under the disguise as a dog. This causes many unsuspecting pet owners to expect dog behavior and traits from the ‘puppies’, until they reach maturity after a few months. Had Ms. Wang kept the fox, it probably would have either become ill and would have even destroyed her home.
A fox’s ‘perfume’ was also more than she could handle. Despite that, Wang did everything she could to give the fox a comfortable environment before surrendering him to the zoo.