A woman in China known only as Ms. Wang had a gnawing suspicion about her new pet. Wang spent $190 in July for what appeared to be a Japanese Spitz, reports Yahoo UK. But when the pooch turned 3 months old, its tail grew "long and fluffy." Wang had been feeding it dog food, chicken breasts, and fruit, but suddenly the animal turned its snout up at the dog food and refused to eat it. It also never barked. "The fur got thicker when it reached three months old," she tells Shanxi Network Television, and its face seemed to grow pointy.
Wang also noticed that other dogs seemed strangely scared of her pet, despite its small size (12 inches). She smelled a rat and brought the animal to the Taiyuan Zoo in China, where officials told her that her fluffy pet is actually another type of animal entirely. "Based on the size, it is a domesticated fox," Sun Letian, an expert in animal epidemic prevention, told Wang. "It carries a smell in their body and the smell can get stronger as it grows older." For now, Wang is reportedly planning to turn the animal over to the zoo, where she can visit it anytime. (Read more dog stories.)