A dog owner was left baffled when her pet golden retriever gave birth to a GREEN puppy.
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.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.
“When we checked it out later we found out it is very unusual and to do with the placenta. The color has faded quite a bit already and will be gone soon, I’m told. We’ve named him Forest.”A couple from Lancashire, whose chocolate Labrador gave birth to a green puppy in February this year found only two other similar cases, including one in Spain.
Mrs. Sutherland said: “Rio had a total of seven boys and one girl and they are all great and growing like mushrooms.
“This is her second litter but the first was much more normal – a five-hour labor and five pups, two girls and three boys. But this will be her last.”Mr. Sutherland has managed to find good homes for all the puppies but is planning to keep Forest for herself.