Saturday, 20. December 2014
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A pair of Spanish dog breeders were shocked recently when two puppies were born green.
"I couldn't believe it when I first saw them," said owner Aida Vallelado Molina, 27.
She added: "I thought the puppies were maybe dirty somehow and I tried to clean them, but the colour wouldn't come off and then I realised it was the colour of their fur."
Molina, who breeds hunting dogs with her father Manuel Vallelado, 52, in the Spanish town of Laguna de Duero, said her dad had called the puppies the Hulk pups, and joked that she should not get them angry.
In fact, the animals were smaller and weaker than the other pups in the litter. One of them, a female, died shortly after birth but the male pup is still alive although weak.
He is also gradually beginning to lose his colouring. Vet Daniel Valverde is probing the case, and said: "There are no other recorded cases of this happening in Spanish scientific literature. I am carrying out virological and bacteriological tests to try and find an answer."
The two Spanish puppies are however not the first reported examples of green pups. In 2012 a green Labrador puppy was born in England that lost its green hue after ten days.
The cause for the colouring at that time was given as exposure to a substance called biliverdin, which can be found in the placenta.
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