Mark and Elaine Cooper were overjoyed when their two-year-old chocolate Labrador dog, Milly, gave birth to four male puppies and one girl during her first litter. But when they looked closer, they were stunned to see one of them was very different.
When the little girl puppy emerged, she was not golden like the others – but green!
Originally they thought it was the placenta that made her appear to be green. But when momma dog licked off the placenta, the puppy was left with a green tinge.
Mark and Elaine laughed and saying, “This can’t be green.” They were shocked at first, but then decided it was totally okay. They fittingly named her Fifi after the famous green ogre Princess Fiona from Shrek.
Turns out, this is a very normal, although rare, condition. Puppies can turn green because of a green bile pigment called Biliverdin that’s found in the placenta of dogs.
It’s a very rare condition, and this puppy could be just the third case in the world. When Elaine researched it, she found two other cases of Labradors who were born green – one in Spain and the other in Clayton-le-Moors, Lancs.
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