Meet Hulk, The German Shepherd Puppy Born With A Bright Lime Green Coat

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Hulk, a German Shepherd puppy, was born with a bright yellow coat (Credit: Shana Stamey)

Shana Stamey and her family had no doubt that their gorgeous white German Shepherd, Gypsy, would give birth to some adorable puppies. However, the Clyde, North Carolina, residents would have never guessed that one of the eight canines born on January 10, 2020, would emerge into the world with a stunning lime-green coat!

“I started freaking out,” said Stamey. “I knew it wasn't harmful, but I still had to look it up again to make sure.”

She was right. Suzanne Cianciulli, a veterinarian technician at the nearby Junaluska Animal Hospital, has a simple explanation for the puppy's unusual coloring: poop. The expert told CNN, "Each puppy is located within their own sac in the uterus, and the sac is full of fluid. If they have meconium [an infant mammal's first stool] in that sac, it will actually stain their fur."

Hulk's green coloring, caused by meconium, is expected to fade within a few weeks (Credit: Shana Stamey)

Stamey and her family considered several names for the newborn, including Gremlin, Pistachio, and even Mr. Green. However, after observing his aggressive personality, they decided to name him Hulk, after the green-skinned Marvel superhero. "It was lime green. He was super mad. So, yeah, he became Hulk,” Stamey said.

Unfortunately, the coloring is temporary and Hulk's fur, which has already started to appear more yellow than green, will turn the expected white within a few weeks. “I wish he would stay green forever,” Stamey said. “But as she [Hulk’s mom] licks him more and cleans him more, and once I can give him his first bath, it’ll probably fade away.”

However, Stamey, who plans to put the eight puppies up for adoption once they are old enough, believes Hulk will always be a one-of-a-kind pup. “He’s definitely a good luck charm,” she says. “He’s a pretty special dog.”

Resources: Today.com, Huffpost.com, wlos.com

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  • eeveegirl
    eeveegirlMonday, March 30, 2020 at 3:03 pm
    i have an albino puppy my fully black dogs got to gether and had a puppy
    • bb13
      bb13Monday, March 30, 2020 at 2:03 pm
      its nice
      • oily
        oilyMonday, March 30, 2020 at 1:16 pm
        Wow!I would love that 🐕!
        • kcupcake318
          kcupcake318Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 5:04 pm
          I'M TOTES JELLY!
          • zuwytajy-157903810298
            zuwytajy-157903810298Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:20 pm
            I have a shiny red dog and I'm telling the truth
            • griffendor9
              griffendor9Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:58 am
              So cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • griffendor9
                griffendor9Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:47 am
                So cute
                • uniquemonique
                  uniquemoniqueFriday, March 27, 2020 at 9:12 am
                  oh my gosh he is so cute! I would love to have a dog like him
                  • chiligirl
                    chiligirlThursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:49 pm
                    I would love ❤ to have a lime green dog!🐕 only if it the color didn't go away!
                    • farla2020
                      farla2020Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:57 am
                      maybe you can still get him, look at the date the pups would be a little older so maybe just maybe