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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652 Comments
  • bulbavegie
    bulbavegieWednesday, June 3, 2020 at 4:45 pm
    he. is ADORABLE!!!!
    • cobraqueen
      cobraqueenWednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:04 am
      he is sooooooooooo cute
      • mhkgc235
        mhkgc235Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:39 am
        Wow!! Yeah, he does look kind of yellow on camera.
        • queenell
          queenellMonday, June 1, 2020 at 10:31 am
          He looks like a puppy taxi he be so cute ❤❤
          • happydays2256
            happydays2256Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2:13 pm
            He looks yellow on cam
            • happydays2256
              happydays2256Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2:13 pm
              I live there!!!!!!! 😮
              • tatercandy
                tatercandyWednesday, May 27, 2020 at 5:58 pm
                The most adorable hulk I have ever seen.
              • l78
                l78Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:21 am
                HULK SMASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                • l78
                  l78Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:18 am
                  Aww! His name is HULK because he is the same color as "THE INCREDIBLE HULK ™."
                  • prather1234ps
                    prather1234psFriday, May 22, 2020 at 1:33 pm
                    THIS IS SO CUTE! LKE AND FOLLOW