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A dog breeder in Spain was shocked this week when her hound dog gave birth to a litter of puppies – and two of them had green fur!
“I thought the puppies were dirty and tried to clean them, but the color wouldn’t come off,” explained Aida Vallelado Molina, a breeder in the town of Laguna de Duero, Spain.
The incredible pair – a boy and a girl – were born much smaller and weaker than the other puppies in their litter. The female, sadly did not survive long after birth, but the boy is still alive, though much smaller and more weak than his healthy brothers and sisters.
Local veterinarian, Daniel Valverde, is researching the puppies’ bizarre pigmentation and a possible cause of death. Valverde said no other cases of green puppies have been recorded in Spain.
Two years ago, a Labrador puppy was born in America with a green hue. “Hulk’s” owners found research suggesting the strange color was due to a substance in the mother’s placenta called biliverdin.
Another green puppy was born in a New Orleans shelter in 2008.
Anna Zorrilla from the Louisianna SPCA explained, “Sometimes when a puppy is born, the amniotic fluid mixes with the placenta and dyes the coat of the puppy and it almost always happens to very light colored puppies. There are not health concerns – it’s really just a discoloration in the birthing process.”