An Italian farmer found out a strange occurrence last month in an already unpredictable year. One of his pups had an unusual color when it was born.
It shocked Cristian Mallocci, who manages a farm with his brother-in-law Giannangelo Liperi on Sardinia’s island, when one of his eight canines gave birth to a green-furred pup.
According to Reuters, he instantly named the small puppy Pistachio.
The pooch was one of the five-dog litter born October 9. All have white fur like their mixed-breed mom, Spelacchia, — except Pistachio.
It’s very rare for a dog to have green fur when it’s born. According to the news organization, the phenomenon happens when pale-colored puppies make contact with a green pigment called biliverdin while inside the womb. The pigment is also the one that causes the green hue in bruises.
Last October, a Great Dane in Colorado gave birth to a litter of pups. One also had green fur similar to the recently born Italian pup.
The Great Dane’s owner, Caddy Williams, told Colorado Springs’s KRDO-TV that it also shocked them when the green pup was born. He said that luckily, he had recently read an article about a green puppy. So he knew what was happening.
The effect, however, won’t last forever. Mallocci said Pistachio’s bright green color faded each day after his birth, and it will continue to fade as he grows older.
Malloci added that they would give away the other puppies to new homes. However, Pistachio will remain with them. He will train him on the farm to look after sheep with Spelacchia, Reuters stated.
According to Malloci, green is a color of hope and luck. He said it is something more people could use in the middle of an already challenging year because of the ongoing pandemic.
Source: Reuters on Twitter