Woman Finds Out Dog Who Never Barks Purchased from Pet Store Is Actually a Fox


What would you do if you found out that the pet you brought home from the pet store was actually a wild animal?

Can you imagine going to pick out a cat and accidentally taking home a baby lion? Or bringing home a coyote instead of a husky?

That was exactly what one woman experienced after she purchased a puppy last July from a pet store.

Ms. Wang paid about $190 for a Japanese Spitz, a dog breed that looks similar to foxes.

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Only when the dog turned three months old did she become suspicious. Wang told Chinese media that she fed her dog chicken breasts and dog food, but he eventually stopped eating the dog food, according to the Mirror.

“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,” she said.

Her pet also never barked and “other pet dogs seemed to be scared” of it.

Wang sought the expertise of Sun Letian from the Taiyuan Zoo and then she learned the truth.

“Based on the size, it is a domesticated fox,” Letian said. “It carries a smell in their body and the smell can get stronger as it grows older.”

The white-coated fox is also expected to grow bigger than it’s current 12 inches long.

After learning the truth, Wang decided to give her little “dog” to the zoo so that it can have a proper diet and “better living environment.”

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The fox will be quarantined for a month before it is placed in an enclosure.

“If you miss it, come by and have a visit,” Leitan told Wang.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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