Chinese man buys alligators online – and receives photos instead

He had consulted the seller about cooking alligator meat and the benefits of drinking alligator blood

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 December, 2017, 4:08pm

A man in eastern China paid 1,500 yuan (US$227) for a pair of live alligators via a video sharing app, only to be sent photographs of the reptiles, police said in an online video posted by Shandong TV.

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The man from Weihai in Shandong province, who was only identified by his surname Wu, made the purchase on December 3 from a seller claiming to be an alligator farmer, after viewing a video clip of the reptiles on Kuaishou, a popular video-sharing app in China.

Wu called the police after his request for a refund was turned down, a police officer said in the video.

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Wu had consulted the seller about cooking alligator meat and the benefits of drinking alligator blood, the officer said. Police did not say if the seller had been identified or detained.

According to Chinese law, a special licence is required to breed and sell alligators.