Fluffed up ferrets sold as toy poodles
Dog lovers paid out hundreds of pounds for fashionable 'toy poodles' - only to discover they were fluffed-up ferrets on steroids.
One pensioner was duped into buying two of the "pedigree" pets from a market in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.
But when he took the animals to a vet for their vaccinations he was told he had bought two ferrets which are known in Argentine as 'Brazilian rats'.
The ferrets had been given steroids at birth to increase their size and then had some extra grooming to make their coats resemble a fluffy toy poodle.
Another woman had been told that she was buying a chiuhuahua, but ended up with a ferret, according to local TV news.
Toy poodle puppies can cost as much as £700 while ferrets can be had for as little as £50.