Clover the puppy was born with some green in his fur
A rare green puppy was born with the luck of the Irish in Florida just in time for St. Patrick's Day.
WFLA reports that Reba, a German Shepherd recently rescued by Heidi’s Legacy Dog Rescue outside of Tampa Bay, gave birth to a curiously green pup on February 12.
The green colored pup was one of a six born by Reba, who is currently being fostered by volunteer Kristy Anderson.
The green puppy, who has since been very appropriately named Clover, is in healthy condition.
We have a Green pup!!! 2 weeks ago we rescued Reba from a shelter as she was out of time. A trip to the vet revealed...Publiée par Heidis Legacy Rescue Network sur Mardi 12 février 2019
Not surprisingly, a green puppy is “unusual,” according to Heidi’s Legacy volunteer Kelly Van Nevel who spoke with The Miami Herald.
“We were like, ‘Oh did someone put some dye on it?” she joked. “Is this for St. Patrick’s Day?”
It turns out that Clover’s green fur is a result of green-pigmented bile in the mother’s placenta called Biliverdin.
Van Nevel went on to explain that Clover’s green coloring, albeit festive, most likely won’t last. “The condition is not detrimental and eventually grows out."
Anderson, who shared the news with WFLA, said Clover was “an early St. Patrick’s Day gift!”