Puppy born with green fur in strange occurrence

An Italian farmer was surprised this week when one of his eight dogs gave birth to a green-coated puppy. Cristian Mallocci, who runs the farm on the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia, has taken this odd occurrence as a sign of hope and immediately named the tiny one Pistachio.

According to Reuters, the puppy was part of a five-dog litter born on October 9; all of the other puppies were pure white just like their mother.

So what caused the puppy to be green? The phenomenon is thought to occur in utero when pale puppies make contact with a biliverdin, a green pigment. The affect, however is temporary, and Mallocci stated Pistachio’s fur is already fading and heading to the whiteness of his littermates.

Seems Pistachio is one very lucky puppy – not just because he has made international fame with his green coat, but his owner has decided to keep this puppy as the others will be given away to new homes. Pistachio will stick around and learn how to tend the sheep.

The color green is the color of hope and luck; something we can all appreciate in these trying times.

Check out the short video. (cute as cute can be)

(Photos and video screenshots Cristian Mallocci via Reuters)

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