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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  • shelleydoggo_20
    shelleydoggo_20Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8:02 am
    wow
    • winterblizzards
      winterblizzardsTuesday, October 20, 2020 at 11:48 am
      cute
      • aar0nburr_s1r
        aar0nburr_s1rMonday, October 19, 2020 at 9:46 am
        Omg!! So cute!!! Hulk is one of my favorite Marvel heroes so I think it's pretty cool how they named it after him.
        • coolboy54321
          coolboy54321Monday, October 19, 2020 at 8:03 am
          O my gosh that was so cute! I just wanna cuddle that little puppy!
          • iluvpenguins9
            iluvpenguins9Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm
            its werd and cute at the sme time
            • minecraft_kat26
              minecraft_kat26Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:59 pm
              cute i have a dog his name is bailey
              • kawaiigirl20
                kawaiigirl20Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 5:28 pm
                SO CUTE
                • iamacucumber
                  iamacucumberWednesday, October 7, 2020 at 5:32 pm
                  So cute!! I love dogs even more now!
                  • galaxygamer_ty
                    galaxygamer_tyTuesday, October 6, 2020 at 8:06 am
                    i want a dog
                    • cobraqueen
                      cobraqueenMonday, October 5, 2020 at 2:22 pm
                      bonjour hulk is SOOOOO CUTE