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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  • florashine
    florashineSunday, January 24, 2021 at 2:04 pm
    I will adopt him thank you 🐕
    • dokyriho-159905685691
      dokyriho-159905685691Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:49 am
      I love the puppy😝🥰😍
      • unipug2
        unipug2Friday, January 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm
        I took a quiz to see which Avengerers character was my boyfriend and got Black Panther
        • jay60
          jay60Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:33 am
          Wow!
          • unicornqueen208
            unicornqueen208Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:55 am
            Soo cute
            • stubs_mcunicorn
              stubs_mcunicornTuesday, January 12, 2021 at 9:40 am
              Most beautiful thing I have ever seen
              • tiko8
                tiko8Friday, January 8, 2021 at 8:17 am
                Sososososo cute
                • ivant01
                  ivant01Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:25 pm
                  so cute!!!
                  • yousus123
                    yousus123Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 9:48 am
                    It is not lime green it is yellow
                    • starshy5453
                      starshy5453Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 5:56 am
                      no lime green
                    • rainbowbite
                      rainbowbiteThursday, December 31, 2020 at 9:51 am
                      haha! so cute! 😍