What's the difference between a ferret and a poodle?

It's not a joke. There isn't a punchline to that. People in Buenos Aires were actually duped into believing that they were buying a new breed of poodle when in fact they were buying some fluffed-up ferrets on steroids.

One senior citizen was totally taken by the scheme.  In fact, he didn't know that he had even been schemed until he took the animals to the vet for their vaccinations and the vet told him that the "toy poodles" that he had purchased were actually just ferrets.

The ferrets were given steroids shortly after birth to increase their size and then groomed to give them the fluffy fur coat that you could find on a poodle.

The man thought that he had gotten a huge deal by only paying $150 apiece for them because toy poodles there can run around $700.  However, you can get a ferret for around $50.

If at all possible, it's always a good idea to try to meet the parents of the puppy you are buying.  So if you're ever planning on pet shopping at an Argentine market, be aware.  That poodle you're buying might actually be what they call a Brazilian rat.