Wednesday Zen Moment: It’s easy being green for baby golden retriever named Forest

Written by on July 26, 2017 in Rare Critters - No comments

Mother of dog Rio had just given birth to nine puppies in the Scottish Highlands town of Golspie when owner Louise Sutherland noticed something about one of the puppies.

One of nine was a very distinct shade of green.

The puppies were born July 7. Sutherland said she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. The little male puppy was named, fittingly, Forest.

The rare phenomenon is thought to happen when light-colored puppies come in contact with biliverdin, a green pigment found in bile. It’s the same pigment you can see when bruises turn green. It essentially dyes their fur in the womb, and the color fades over time.

In fact, Sutherland told CNN that Forest’s unusual verdigris has already faded significantly.

Sutherland says he still has a little tint when sidled up next to his brothers and sisters, but she expects Forest will be completely de-greened soon.

Sadly, one of the nine puppies passed away after birth, but Sutherland says the rest of the brood, including little Forest, are doing well.

 

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