“Life's like a bowl of broccoli,” to paraphrase a well-known film quote, “you never know what you're gonna get” but you usually know what color it's going to be. Then there's “Forest”, a green-furred puppy from the Scottish Highlands.
The pickle-licious pup was one of eight born to “Rio”, a Golden Retriever owned by Louise Sutherland of Golspie. The other seven pups don't share their bro's near-unique tint and Rio, to her credit, isn't discriminating on the basis of fur color. Indeed, we can learn a lot from our furry friends!
According to Daniel Valverde, a veterinarian who investigated a similar case of green puppies in Spain back in 2014, the extremely rare condition occurs when a green bile pigment called biliverdin leaks into the fetal dog's amniotic fluid from the mother's placenta. The resulting green fur isn't permanent: young Forest's Granny Smith apple-tinted fur has already begun to fade back to its natural pale gold.
Neither mother nor puppy experienced any adverse health issues over the incident and by all accounts this unusual litter is doing just fine. “Rio had a total of seven boys and one girl and they are all great and growing like mushrooms,” said Sutherland (above). More like seven mushrooms and a Brussels sprout, amiright? (via The Sun and People)