A woman who thought she’d purchased a dog from a pet shop recently learned that her ‘canine’ friend is, in fact, a fox. According to Yahoo, the woman paid about $190 for what she thought was a Japanese Spitz– a breed known for its resemblance to foxes.
After a few weeks of owning her pet, however, the woman, whom outlets are referring to as Ms. Wang, began to notice that it didn’t bark. After three months, it it also did not want to continue eating dog food. Yahoo UK quotes Ms. Wang as saying, “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 with a leash.”
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Who was it who broke the news to Ms. Wang? An employee at the Taiyuan Zoo named Sun Letian. Letian told Yahoo, “Based on the size, it is a domesticated fox. It carries a smell in their body and the smell can get stronger as it grows older.”
After coming to terms with the news, Ms. Wang decided to hand her fox over to the zoo, so it could be properly cared for. It will have to be quarantined for a month before it can enter the fox enclosure at the zoo.
Luckily, this isn’t the end of Ms. Wang and her pet fox. Letian is reported as telling the woman, “If you miss it, come by and have a visit.”