It’s not easy being born green

They are not supposed to be green. Jokes abound.

Green puppies shock Spanish dog breeders – The Local.

A pair of dog breeders in the Spanish province of Valladolid were shocked recently when two pups were born green.

“I thought the puppies were dirty and tried to clean them, but the colour wouldn’t come off,” said Molina, who breeds hunting dogs with her father in the town of Laguna de Duero.

The animals, born on June 3rd, were smaller and weaker than the other pups in the litter. One of them, a female, died shortly after birth while the male pup is still alive, but very weak.

He is now beginning to lose his pigment.

Photo: Aida Vallelado Molina

Photo: Aida Vallelado Molina

The suspected reason for the green coloration is the chemical biliverdin which has been found in the placenta of dogs. It’s similar to jaundice which will turn skin yellow. It’s not clear if the green coloration is related to a health issue for the dogs. It could be a signal that something was wrong in utero.

No more hulk or leprechaun jokes, it’s just a natural thing.

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  4 comments for “It’s not easy being born green

  1. Indrid Cole
    June 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    No hulk or leprechaun jokes huh?
    Then we’ll have to resort to green dog names like Steve McGreen and Green Latifah.

    • June 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      *Slow clap* Bravo, sir…bravo.

    • Brian
      June 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Kermit the Dog… It’s not easy, being green..

      My first thought was some dog food coloring that managed to make it into the placenta. Like if you drink too much grape juice, and nature calls you on line 2.

  2. Richard Smith
    June 13, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    My nephew was born about a month ago, and was troubled by Verdin’s cousin, Billy Reubens…

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