A family in Peru bought what they thought was a lovely puppy in downtown Lima. Only after a few months it turned out that their pet is not an ordinary dog. The truth came to light after he began attacking other farm animals.
The animal initially did not arouse suspicion. However, after a few months, it began to attack other farm animals in the area, including chickens. Only then it turned out that the pet named “Run Run” is a kolpeo – a species of predatory mammal from the canidae family (Canidae), resembling a fox.
This species is also called the quasi-fox (Latin. Lycalopex). It is related to the wolf and jackal. Andean Perennial (Lycalopex culpaeus) inhabits the area along the Andes, from southern Colombia to southern Argentina.
“We thought it was a purebred puppy,” said Maribel Sotelo, adding that her son had bought the pet for $ 13 about six months ago.
Run Run ran away from home a few days ago, and the owner and the servants are looking for him. If the action is successful, the animal will be taken to a special facility or to the zoo.
The wildlife trade in Peru
In an interview with Reuters’ agency, veterinarian Walter Silva of the National Forestry and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) said that many wild animals are being imported into Peru from the Amazon for illicit trade.
He reported that since the beginning of this year, the organization has carried out 128 interventions related to the seizure of wild animals in Lima. He added that the wildlife trade in Peru was punishable by three to five years in prison.
Main photo source: Reuters