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    Puppies with green coat are born in Spain

    NewsDog Health and WellbeingThursday 12 June 2014

    A pair of dog breeders in Spain were shocked recently when two pups were born green.

    "I couldn't believe it when I first saw them," Aida Vallelado Molina told The Local. 

    The pair of pups, a male and a female were weaker than their siblings and the female has since died.

    The male remains in a very weak condition and is now beginning to lose his green pigment.

    Dog breeders were absolutely baffled when they were born last week.

    "I thought the puppies were dirty and tried to clean them, but the colour wouldn't come off," said Molina, who breeds dogs with her father in the town of Laguna de Duero, in the Spanish province of Valladolid.

    The cause of the death of the dead pup, and the coat colour are now being investigated by local vet Daniel Valverde who is carrying out virological and bacteriological tests to try and find an answer.

    "There are no other recorded cases of this happening in Spanish scientific literature," he told local newspaper Laguna al Día after contacting Madrid's Complutense University.

    Back in 2012, the Daily Mail reported a Labrador puppy born with a green coat who was named 'The Hulk'.

    In this case it was due to being exposed to a substance called biliverdin, which can be found in the placenta.

    Another similar case happened in New Orleans, USA, in 2008 when a puppy was also reported to have been born with green fur at an animal shelter.

    According to Anna Zorrilla, from Louisiana SPCA, it was a rare condition. "Sometimes, when a puppy is born, the amniotic fluid mixes with the placenta and dyes the coat of the puppy and it almost always happens to very light colored puppies. There are not health concerns - it's really just a discoloration in the birthing process."



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    Photo: Aida Vallelado Molina
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