German Shepherd Gives Birth To A Lime Green Puppy Named Hulk

A family in North Carolina were stunned when their pet German shepherd gave birth to a lime green puppy who she’s now named Hulk.

When Shana Stamey of Canton, North Carolina’s white German shepherd went into labor last Friday, she thought she was ready for any surprises.  The dog named Gypsy quickly gave birth 8 healthy puppies but its owners freaked out when they saw the green pup.  Shana Stamey said she then reached out to a number of animal experts, who assured her that it was just staining from birth fluids, and it was in no danger.

Photos show the small pup with a bright, light green tint that stands out against his white and black furred siblings.

Shana Stamey said: “Hulk! It was lime green. He was super mad. So, yeah, he became Hulk. We thought about Gremlin, yeah, Pistachio. We call him Mr. Green sometimes.”

While he may have been named after Bruce Banner’s huge superhero alter-ego, Hulk the dog hasn’t been exposed to gamma radiation – his unusual colour is actually perfectly explainable.

The sack that they’re in when they’re in their mom, there can be meconium in there and that tends to stain them. Meconium is a sticky dark green substance that is basically the puppy’s first stool. Meconium is made up of of materials ingested during the time the puppy is in the uterus.  The substance contains intestinal epithelial cells, lanugo, mucus, amniotic fluid, bile and water.

Although it’s uncommon for the substance to turn a puppy green, it’s not unheard of and is totally harmless. It happens most often on light fur, such as in this case.

Gypsy will likely lick most of the color off in the coming days, with Stamey able to bathe the rest of when Hulk gets his first bath. Once cleaned off, his fur will be the same shade of white as his mother, who Stamey praised as being ‘a good mom.’

Hulk and his seven siblings will now be put up for adoption whenever they are old enough to live by themselves.

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