Picture of puppy banned from Facebook – and you can see why
A newborn hairless puppy has fallen foul of Facebook in a hilarious mix-up – because a picture of him was mistaken for a human penis.
The image was innocently shared by a teenager who wanted to proudly show off his new pet.
Dominic Ibaos, 16, was stunned when the picture was reported as an indecent image after he posted it in a group for animal lovers.
The viewer saw the dog’s bald body, wrinkled neck and pink head and thought it was a ‘d**k pic’.
In reality it showed a rare Xoloitzcuintli – or Mexican hairless – puppy named Dimitri.
Dominic only realised it could be mistaken for something else after the same photograph was banned from a local animal lovers group.
Facebook notified him that his image had been removed from the group because it ‘didn’t follow their community standards’.
Luckily he saw the funny side after he shared the notification online the penis-lookalike puppy went viral with more than 60,000 retweets, likes and shares.
However the teenager joked that it was hard for him to see his puppy as a penis.
Dominic, from Davao City in the Philippines, said: “It’s really hard for me to see the penis perspective because when I look at it I always just see the puppy.
“I got a notification saying it had been blocked a few minutes after I posted it to the group.
“At that time I didn’t realise it looked like a penis because when I first posted it to Facebook all I saw was a photograph of an innocent puppy.
“It actually made me really angry for a moment, but I feel better about it now because people find it hilarious.
“I find it really funny that it’s causing all this attention because it looks like a penis, yet the photo is something I can keep sharing because it’s also not.
“It just makes me happy that people find it so funny. One person told me it was the best laugh they’d had for weeks.”
Although three-day-old pup Dimitri was born in a litter of three to mum Daisy, he is the only hairless puppy.
The unfortunate lookalike follows in the footsteps of Dimitri’s hairless dad Dante, who has become a local hero for his coincidental likeness to his goofy namesake in Disney Pixar’s Coco.
Dominic, who has 12 dogs altogether, said: “The hairless dogs are really quite rare where I live. Usually we don’t really see dogs without hair and it’s really funny to see one.
“I love the breed. People get weirded out when they touch the dog’s skin – they think the dog’s had an illness or that I have shaved him. “I actually used all of my savings to purchase Dante last year.
“It’s fun going out with him because most of the people recognise him as the dog from Coco e and say ‘Dante, Dante’ – it’s like they know his name.
“Dante is a bit of a celebrity here. I just want Dimitri to be happy like his dad.
“I think the dogs would find it funny if they knew they were so famous.”
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