A pet dog in North Carolina recently gave birth to a lime green puppy, leaving many stunned. Gypsy, a white German shepherd owned by Shana Stamey, delivered puppies Friday morning, reports USA Today. It all went smoothly until the green pup - now named Hulk after the fictional superhero of the same hue - emerged.
"I started freaking out," Shana Stamey said. "But everybody was healthy."
Gypsy gave birth to a litter of eight puppies, and Hulk has captured the Internet's attention. Despite his neon green hue, the puppy is perfectly healthy and there's an explanation for his green colour.
"The sack that they're in when they're in their mom, there can be meconium in there and that tends to stain them," Junaluska Animal Hospital veterinarian technician Suzanne Cianciulli explained to WLOS. Meconium is an infant mammal's earliest stool. It tends to stain white fur, explained Ms Cianciulli.
A picture of the lime green puppy was posted on Facebook two days ago by Chris Grigg with the caption: "Our German Shepherd graced us with a 'Green' pup, 'Hulk' is 5 days old!"
Hulk's unusual colouring has also left Twitter users amazed.
Story tonight about a German Shepherd puppy born green just days ago in Canton. Animal experts say it happens from time to time, staining from birth fluids and not harmful, fades away. This pup's human family named him "Hulk. " More at 6. @WLOS_13#LiveOnWLOSpic.twitter.com/7ex4i2wbOI— Rex Hodge (@RexHodge_WLOS) January 15, 2020
A lime green puppy was born in North Carolina and its owners named him Hulk. This is the only content that matters today. pic.twitter.com/K42HKev6vx— Monica Rix (@MonicaRix) January 16, 2020
Ever seen a green puppy? A German shepherd gave birth to 8 puppies in North Carolina and one of them came out lime green! His name is #Hulk and while he looks so different, he is healthy and should go back to his normal blonde color in about 3 weeks. pic.twitter.com/jNBvAN6lkg— Chriz.K (@7heGodFather) January 16, 2020
Hulk's green fur will gradually fade to white. According to WLOS, Shana Stamey and her family plan on getting Hulk adopted when he is old enough. They consider themselves lucky to have Hulk.
"A good luck charm. We think so. He's pretty special," Ms Stamey said.
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