Meet Pistachio: The Puppy Born With Surprisingly Green Fur
Dogs are naturally adorable and lovable creatures. They have this certain charm that can make one gush over and would want one to invest in buying a cute little pup for themselves. Over time, dog breeding has become a booming business investment— and so has cross-breeding.
Cross-breeding is the technique that mates two different dog breeds to produce a hybrid dog. Through this method, breeders hope that the offspring will inherit the combined standout qualities of both parent dogs.
The cute and adorable Pomsky, for example, is a hybrid of a Pomeranian and Siberian Husky. Though it is possible to select and mutate dogs’ genes, how likely is it to create a different fur color, let’s say a blue or pink one?
Certain dog owners go to an extreme degree of making their dogs fashionable. Some even dye the furs of their furry babies in different colors! While it seems unusual, a dog’s coat could naturally turn into a different color, just like Pistachio and Forest. Both dogs were born in green hues. Yes! You read it right. A dog was born with green fur, and it drives social media users nuts— pun intended.
ODD ONE OUT
Pistachio is the pup of Spelacchia, a mixed breed dog owned by an Italian farmer, Cristian Malloci. Spelacchia gave birth to five cute little puppies, and surprisingly, one of them turned out green. As the color suggests, the pup resembles the shade of pistachios and is thus named Pistachio.
Spelacchia has white fur, and so as the other four siblings of Pistachio. All of the pups are in good condition and were given away except for Pistachio. As an investment of luck, he will be trained as a farm dog to tend to the sheep. As the news spread across the island of Sardinia, it gathered much attention, and the phenomenon was quickly given an explanation.
THE ANOMALY EXPLAINED
According to experts, the unusual event must be the result of either two things. First, the green color could be the stain of meconium while inside the mother’s womb. For everyone’s information, meconium is the stool produced inside the womb onset birth and is likely to color light-colored fur puppies.
The second probable cause is contact with biliverdin— a green pigment that can be found in bile and bruises that turns green over time. Seemingly, contact from either of these two does not affect the health of the puppies.
SIMILAR GREEN FUR CASES
As the same incident happened to a Golden Retriever pup in Scottland, the owner of the pup credited the phenomena to contacting biliverdin while inside the womb of the mother dog. According to Louise Sutherland— the fur parent of the dame golden retriever named Rio— on July 7, they were all anticipating and preparing for the birth of Rio’s litter when one of them surprisingly had a green coat.
Sutherland named the puppy Forest as it resembles the color of a forest hue. Likewise, the mother Rio is a light-colored dog. Among her nine babies, Forest is the only one with green fur, while the others inherited their mom’s creamy shade. Unfortunately, one of the pups did not survive, while Forest is a growing healthy pup.
WILL PISTACHIO BE EVERGREEN?
Apparently, this green color will not last long and will soon fade. Evidently, Forest and Pistachio are now seen with their natural coat color while few stains remain in some parts of their body. As the research suggests, the green-colored coat is not intact with the genes and resembles getting dyed inside the womb.
While the news became viral, it stirs conversations on social media. One commenter says that it is too good to be true, as advanced technology can play tricks immensely. Some have mused that the pup should be called Grinch instead, while others credit the placenta for its color.
Despite different views about the incident, one thing remains true – Mother Nature has her own way of surprising us and telling us that we still have a lot of wonders left to see on this Earth.