A family's "pet dog" that angered neighbours by killing and eating ducks and chickens has turned out to be a fox.
Maribel Soleto bought a new pup from a small shop in central Lima, Peru, believing it was a young dog.
The animal, which they called "Run Run", initially played happily with other pet dogs in the neighbourhood, but as it grew up, signs emerged that something wasn't quite right.
Run Run showed a real passion for chasing and killing ducks and chickens in a move that angered the local community.
The pet turned out to be an Andean fox, which has thin legs, a bushy tail, a pointed head and prominent ears.
Image: Run Run has fled the home of his owners and is being sought by wildlife officials.
The illegal trade in animals can lead to a prison sentence of between three and five years in prison in Peru, Mr Silva said. »