A dog lover was shocked when her pet German shepherd gave birth to a lime green puppy who she’s now named Hulk.
Shana Stamey, from Canton in North Carolina, knew her dog Gypsy was on the verge of giving birth, but was stunned when puppy number four arrived last Friday.
The baby dog’s fur was completely green, prompting Stamey to Google to check if the dog would be okay.
She told WILX: ‘I started freaking out because it was green. I knew it wasn’t harmful, but I still had to look it up again to make sure.’
Gypsy gave birth to her first litter of eight puppies during a three hour labor, with Hulk easily standing out from his brothers and sisters.
Veterinarian technician Suzanne Cianiciulli with Junaluska Animal Hospital says his unique color is a stain from meconium – the scientific term for infant mammal’s earliest stool.School principal suspended for giving 'rude' former students the finger
Cianiciulli explained: ‘The sack that they’re in when they’re in their mom, there can be meconium in there, and that tends to stain them.’
Gypsy will likely lick most of the color off in the coming days, with Stamey able to bathe the rest of when Hulk gets his first bath.
Once cleaned off, his fur will be the same shade of white as his mother, who Stamey praised as being ‘a good mom.’
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Explaining her reasons for naming Hulk, Stamey revealed the pup’s ‘aggressive’ appetite, and joked: ‘He was lime green and super mad, so yeah, he became Hulk.’
Hulk and his seven siblings will now be put up for adoption whenever they are old enough to live by themselves.
Shana said: ‘I found out the reason behind his strange colour is a bile pigment called biliverdin, which is found in the placenta of dogs.
‘Biliverdin can dislodge as the puppy is born, and mixes with the amniotic fluid.
‘The amniotic fluid is what surrounds the puppies in their mother’s womb, and when biliverdin mixes in, it stain their coat.
‘It will eventually clear off in the next few weeks as mum cleans him and we bathe him.’