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Itís a green retriever!
3rd August 2017

By Lloyd Lugsden



A dog owner was surprised when her pet golden retriever gave birth to a green puppy.

Three-year-old family pet Rio had a litter of nine puppies, but when one came out a green colour Louise Sutherland was amazed.

This 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, according to the Mirror.

Louise, from Golspie in the Scottish Highlands, has now named the pup Forest after her unusual colour.
She said: “The first pup was stuck, so myself and my daughter Claire managed to free him and pull him out safely. 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. The colour has faded quite a bit already and will be gone soon, I’m told.”