Shock As Retriever Pooch Gives Birth To Green Puppy

Story By: Kathryn QuinnSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

A dog owner was given the shock of her life when one of her Golden Retriever pups was born apparently looking mint green and she has named it Mojito.

Picture Credit: CEN/Joanna Justice

Joanna Justice, 43, from Wermelskirchen, a town in the Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was at first shocked when her dog Melody gave birth to one green pup amongst the litter.

She said: “I was very worried at first when he was born. But we are pleased all nine puppies are well.”

Only one of the pups in the litter was green and he has been given the name Mojito.

Puppies with green fur are a very rare occurrence according to vet Christian Dimitriadis it is caused by It is caused by a bile pigment called billiverdin that is found in the placenta of dogs and is caused when the placenta dislodges before the puppy is born.

Picture Credit: CEN/Joanna Justice

The substance can stain the puppy’s coat when it mixes with the mother’s amniotic fluid which surrounds the pup in the womb.

Dimitriadis said: “The green hair will grow out and it will go back to normal.”

A Mojito is a cocktail that includes fresh mint leaves.

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