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A fox looks for food near the Valle Nevado ski center on August 10, 2021 in Santiago, Chile. (Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

How does this happen? According to Sky News, a woman named Maribel Soleto was excited when her teenage son brought a new puppy home from a shop in Lima, Peru. They named him Run Run.

The puppy was a happy pet at first. Run Run played with other dogs and did typical dog things. Then he started eating neighborhood ducks and chickens. That’s when Maribel made a shocking discovery. Run Run was not a dog.

Andean fox

Andean fox (Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)

Instead of getting a purebred puppy, like Maribel’s son was told, they got scammed with a fox. More specifically, an Andean fox. Now Run Run, true to his name, is on the run and wildlife officials are looking for him. When captured, he’ll be placed in a zoo or animal sanctuary.

This story caught my attention because my family recently adopted a pointy-eared puppy. One day, when I was walking Daisy in our neighborhood, a young woman exclaimed, “Is that a baby fox!?!” I chuckled and said, “No, but you’re right, she does look a bit like one.” I suppose it is possible to get certain dogs confused with foxes and vice versa.

So far, Daisy hasn’t killed any barnyard birds, but I’m keeping an eye on her. I’ve also sent in a blood sample for a doggie DNA test. Just to be sure.


Daisy (Phil Harris/WKQC)