You'll never believe the colour of this newborn puppy

We've seen people dying their dogs all colours of the rainbow. Exhibit A:

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But it's an extremely rare occurrence to see a dog that isn't brown/black/blonde/etc. Now, though, a tiny golden retriever pup has been born that's bright green.

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Three year-old Rio gave birth to a little of nine puppies, with one being mint green. He has now been named Forest after his colouring, and is otherwise completely healthy.

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The reason for Forest's leafy colouring is due to a substance called biliverdin that's present in a dog's placenta (there's a sentence I never thought I'd write). It was released into the amniotic sac and dyed Forest's fur before he was born.

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His owner Louise Sutherland from Golspie in Scotland said, ‘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.’

The tint will fade from Forest's coat over the coming weeks and months, but since there's only a handful of dogs recorded with this, it certainly makes him a very special doggo.

Sutherland definitely thought so, as she's sold all the other puppies but is planning to keep Forest.