This Golden Retriever Was Born Completely Green (Really)

Posted by Stacey Venzel
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All images via The Sun/Cascade News.

It's been reported only three other times, but green puppies are the real deal.

A three-year-old Golden Retriever gave birth to a litter of nine puppies, eight golden ones and one green one.

The four-legged Scotland mum, a three-year-old Golden named Roxie, stunned dog owner Louise Sutherland, who couldn't believe her eyes. But green puppies, though extremely rare, can happen at birth. In fact, three other cases of puppies born with green fur are known around the world.

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The mint coloring is a build up of biliverdin, a green bile pigment responsible for the greenish hue sometimes noted in bruises as they heal. Placentas have biliverdin that can mingle with the mother's amniotic fluids, causing green coloration.

Over time, the green color fades. Sutherland is already noting the rare green puppy, named Forest, has a lighter mint green coat than before.

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Forest had to be pulled out of his mother's womb because he was stuck, Sutherland reported.

All of the puppies will be adopted out to new loving homes, but Forest the green pup will be staying with the Sutherlands.

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All images via The Sun/Cascade News.

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