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Green Retrievers?

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Forest with his litter mates.

Forest with his litter mates.

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Forest with his litter mates.

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As quoted by Kermit the frog, “It’s not easy being green.” Maybe Kermit has troubles with being green, but Forest, a Golden Retriever pup is discovering a new sense of fame through his ability to stand out from the crowd. This darling dog is part of a litter of nine pups, in which all are a glorious golden color… except for Forest.

Three year old Golden Retriever, Rio, from the Scottish Highlands, recently gave birth to her litter of golden pups. Her owner Louise Sutherland assisted with the birth of the puppies, and was stunned when one of those pups had green fur. “We couldn’t believe it,” she stated.

This is a rare occurrence that has been documented only a handful of times. Veterinarians believe that there it has to do with biliverdin, which is a green bile pigment found in the placenta. This pigment can alter the color of the pup’s fur when mixed with the doggy mom’s amniotic fluid. On the plus side, there are no negative health effects, and the color will fade back to it’s normal golden hue. Forest had better enjoy this brief brush with fame since it seems to be quickly fading away.

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