A lonely man was stunned to discover that the small pet dog he bought for company was actually something very different.
The office worker whose identity was not revealed, decided to buy what he believed was a “small black dog” from a local seller for a very cheap price.
However, as time passed he started to become suspicious about the animal as it did not grow hair or run around.
He shared his concerns online, asking people to help him find out what breed of dog he was keeping at his home.
In the end, it was discovered that the “dog” was actually a bamboo rat that lives in eastern Asia and mostly feeds on bamboo and other plants.
Reportedly in some parts of China the Chinese bamboo rat (rhizomys sinensis) is prepared as a delicacy.
Without knowing how to properly care for the large rat, he decided to give it away – much to the dismay of social media users.
“I would have kept the little guy,” one woman wrote. “It is very cute whatever it is,” another added.
It’s not the first time a prospective dog-buyer has been led astray either.
While on vacation two years ago, Su Yun, bought something she understood to be a puppy before bringing it home to her family in Kunming in the Yunnan province of China.
The family was immediately impressed with their new pet’s appetite, watching on in awe as what they believed to be a Tibetan Mastiff devoured a box of fruit and two buckets of noodles every day.
While there probably should have been a few earlier warning signs, it wasn’t until their 113kg dog started walking on its hind legs that they suspected something wasn’t quite right.
As their beloved pet “dog” failed to stop growing, Ms Yun realised her family had actually been living with and nurturing an Asiatic black bear.