Mama Dog Gives Birth To Litter Of Puppies With One Big Surprise - One Of Them Is Green

9/8/2017

Rio, a three-year-old Golden Retriever, gave birth to a little of nine puppies in mid-July. Luckily, all of her babies were healthy, but one was particularly unique in appearance. He was green.

Source: Cascade News

The little canine, aptly named Forest in honor of his special coloring, is only one of a handful of puppies in the world to have been born green.This rare phenomenon occurs when the bile pigment, biliverdin, which is found in the placenta of dogs, mixes with the mother's amniotic fluid. This creates a green substance which can stain the puppy's fur.

Source: Cascade News

The only other reported cases of green puppies occurredin Lancaster in February, when a chocolate Labrador gave birth, and twice before in Spain, making Forest part of an extremely exclusive group of unique dogs.Louise Sutherland, Rio's human, described her utter shock when the dog gave birth to the unique puppy to the Metro:

It was all hands on deck but then as the puppies started to arrive, we noticed that one of the puppies had green fur! We couldn’t believe it.

Source: Louise Sutherland

The stain is not permanent and has already begun to fade, but the canine's name will be a constant reminder of just how special he was.Sutherland explained that all of the puppies are growing well and becoming stronger by the day. While she has found new homes for eight of the nine puppies, the dog lover is planning on keeping Forest in the family.

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