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Meet Pistachio — a green puppy born in Italy

A rare green puppy was born in Italy.

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An Italian dog named Spelacchia recently gave birth to a puppy with green fur, Reuters reports.

An Italian dog named Spelacchia recently gave birth to a puppy with green fur, Reutersreports.

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An Italian dog named Spelacchia recently gave birth to a puppy with green fur, Reutersreports.

  • The puppy was one of five in a litter born at a farm on the island of Sardinia. All of the dog’s brothers and sisters had white fur, which was the same as the mother’s own.
  • So, the family named the dog Pistachio because of the green fur.

But it won’t last long. Apparently Pistachio’s furhas already begun to change and fade away.

This is a rare thing. Per BBC News, puppies born with green fur “is believed to be a result of the puppy making contact with a green pigment called biliverdin while in the womb.”

Flashback:

This has happened before. In 2017, a green puppy was born stateside in Massachusetts, according to CBS News.

And, earlier this year, a green puppy was born in North Carolina. He was named The Hulk for his green fur, according to WNCN-TV.

The takeaway:

  • Mallocci told Reuters that green can be a symbol of hope and luck. He said he hopes the green puppy will make people happier during the coronavirus pandemic.