Louise Sutherland probably thought she was in the middle of a very weird dream when her Golden Retriever gave birth to a green puppy. But it was completely real and very rare. Green puppies are so rare that there's only three known cases in the world and Sutherland was staring at one right in front of her.
She named the green puppy Forrest for obvious reasons. Can you imagine your pet surprises you by giving birth to a green animal? This must have been extremely bizarre for the dog owner to see a green puppy come out of her Momma Dog! I would probably put this right on Facebook live so people believed that it really happened. My friends would think that I painted the dog or put food coloring on it! Dogs having a green puppy in the litter is so rare that it would be hard for most people to believe that it happened. They would want to see the pictures and videos right away!
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Three-year-old family pet Rio had a litter of nine puppies last week, but when one came out mint green Louise Sutherland was gobsmacked.
The extremely rare occurrence, which is thought to have happened only three times before in the world, is caused by a bile pigment called biliverdin that is found in the placenta of dogs.
The substance can stain the puppy’s coat when it mixes with the mother’s amniotic fluid – the liquid that protects and nourishes the pup.
Mrs Sutherland, from Golspie in the Scottish Highlands, has now named the pup Forest in recognition of her unusual shade.
It's reported that the color green will eventually fade away. I was hoping it was permanent because it would be really cool to be the owner of an extremely rare green puppy. They will enjoy this rarity while they can and then share pictures and videos of their green doggy later.
Mrs. Sutherland reported that her Golden Retriever, Rio, had a litter of seven boys and one girl. Now she's got seven normal colored puppies and one green puppy to take care of. That's nine dogs total, plus the male dog if they still own that. That's a LOT of dogs for one owner, so I wonder if she will give some of the puppies to friends and family.
Some people also sell their puppies, but we're not sure what Sutherland will do. Whatever she does is her choice. All that matters is that the dogs are in care of a good home.
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