A family were left stunned after their "pet dog" turned out to be a wild fox who mauled local wildlife including ducks and chickens.
Maribel Soleto purchased the pet from a shop in central Lima, the capital of Peru, for £10 under the belief that it was a cute puppy.
The animal, named Run Run, initially was a hit in their neighbourhood after playing with other pet dogs but as it became older it started to show tell-tale signs that it wasn't a dog.
Run Run soon sparked rage across the local community after it frequently started to chase and savagely kill animals.
The pet was soon identified to be an Andean fox, showing prominent features such as a bushy tail and a pointed head, reports Sky News.
It was reported that the fox ran away from home a few days ago and has sparked a wide search from authorities in Peru.
Officials of the state National Forest and Wildlife Service [SERFO] said they will take him to a special centre or zoo once he is found.
"We had thought he was a purebred puppy," said Ms Soleto, who bought the animal around six months ago.
"A lady told us that it had eaten three large guinea pigs," Ms Sotelo said after having to pay the owners for their dead animals.
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Walter Silva, a veterinarian and wildlife specialist, told Reuters it is not uncommon for wild animals to be brought from Amazonian areas by "traffickers" to be illegally traded in Lima.
"Trafficking in wildlife brings these consequences. Many specimens are captured from hatchlings. For this, they kill the parents and these juveniles are illegally traded in informal markets," he said.
"In this case, a fox bought as a domestic dog."
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