Stay golden, puppy

Oh, wait. You’re green?

A dog owner couldn’t believe what she was seeing when her golden retriever gave birth to a green puppy.

Her beloved pet Rio, aged three, gave birth last week to nine puppies — but when one came out mint green Louise Sutherland was stunned.

I think we’d all be stunned at the sight of a green dog.

One green puppy out of the litter

How the heck does this happen, anyway?

The rare occurrence is only known to have happened only three times before in the world.

It is caused by a bile pigment called biliverdin that is found in the placenta of dogs which can stain the puppy’s coat when it mixes with the mother’s amniotic fluid — the liquid that protects her pups.

I’m guessing if this happened to, say, a black lab, no one would be the wiser.

Anyway, it won’t last long: little Forest (yes, they named him that) will look like the rest of his siblings shortly.


  1. McG »

    15 July 2017 · 10:39 pm


  2. ETat »

    16 July 2017 · 5:35 am

    he was born a green rebel…

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