In the Scottish Highlands, there is a town called Golspie that lies on the North Sea coast and hides in the shadow of the hill of Ben Brhaggie.
Just over 1,000 people call this place home but in this town, something strange, quirky, and mysterious has just happened.
An astonishing discovery that was made just a few days ago, that came along when a golden retriever was giving birth to her new puppies. Rio gave birth to nine different puppies, every single one just as adorable as a baby golden retriever would be. All of them, that is, except for one.
This peculiar pup’s name is Forest, named after the color that he was born with. Just like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz, Forest was born green, from nose to tail. Rio’s owner, Louise Sutherland, explains the moment to The Sun. “The first pup was stuck, so myself and my daughter Claire managed to free him and pull him out safely. It was all hands on deck but then as the puppies started to arrive, we noticed that one of the puppies had green fur. We couldn’t believe it.”
This case is so rare that there are only three accounts of this phenomenon have ever been recorded. But why? What causes this shocking color in a baby golden retriever? Well, it’s not just the magic in Golspie, but also the result of science. In 2014, two puppies were born with the exact same condition. According to Time, Spanish vet Daniel Valverde set out to investigate the cause of green fur. He proposed that it was exposure to biliverdin that caused the color shift. Biliverdin is a green bile pigment that is found in the placenta. The pigmentation poses no known health risks, so Forest will grow up to be just fine. What’s more is that Forest won’t be green forever, and that the condition only lasts a few days until the puppy’s hair grows out.
Typically we only see a dog’s fur changing color as they age, just like people do, their bodies produce less and less melanin, which is the pigment that is responsible for a dog’s hair color. When there is less melanin, color disappears, giving hair a white-ish color.
If you want to keep your own dog’s fur luscious and shiny, we recommend giving your dog regular baths, brushing their fur, and most importantly, using conditioner. It keeps dog hair healthy and full, and will help keep the color more vibrant. We love this conditioner from Isle of Dogs it seals the cuticle to prevent damage and is made with the highest quality ingredients to moisturize and revitalize your dog’s dull hair!
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