When Millie, a chocolate Labrador dog gave birth to four male golden Labradors, everyone expected that the last litter would be just as golden. But when she licked the placenta off the pup, everyone in the household were surprised – the puppy is green!
Fifi, the green puppy
When Millie’s human parents, Elaine and Mark learned that their chocolate Labrador Millie was due very soon, they waited for the pups’ arrival with great anticipation. One by one, Millie made way for her five pups into the world. The Labrador had four brand new baby boys and one baby girl.
But what stood out among the brood was the female puppy. Surprisingly, this cute and adorable pup has green-tinged fur, whereas the rest of her brothers were golden in color. At first, Elaine thought the green color was due to the placenta that the puppy came with. But when mommy dog started licking the puppy, the household realized that she was indeed green!
According to Elaine, “We were laughing and saying no, this can’t be green.” Elaine and Mark even thought that the female puppy would also come out as a black Labrador.
Due to the pup’s odd green color, they’ve named her Fifi, after Princess Fiona, the green ogre in the movie Shrek.
A rare phenomenon
We don’t see a green puppy every day, and Fifi is lucky to carry a unique green coloring on her fur. The couple also believes that she’s the third reported case of a green puppy ever.
But although this phenomenon is rare, there’s an explanation to it. The green tinge on Fifi’s body is caused by substance biliverdin, the same substance that causes the green color in bile. As it turns out, Fifi has unusually high amounts of biliverdin in her body, and that caused a stain into her fur.
Over time, the green color will become less pronounced, and Fifi will look more like her brothers. It’s a unique case, but it isn’t dangerous.
Watch Fifi’s unique coloring in this Youtube video, thanks to Inside Edition.