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Golden Retriever Gives Birth To Puppies — And One Of Them Is Green

His name is Forest.

A golden retriever in Scotland just gave birth to nine puppies — and one of them is a light shade of green. 

The green tint, which has happened only a handful of times before, is believed to be caused by biliverdin (green bile) in the mother dog's placenta mixing in a particular way with the amniotic fluid that protects the puppies.

"It was all hands on deck but then as the puppies started to arrive," the dog's owner told The Sun, "we noticed that one of the puppies had green fur. We couldn’t believe it."

The little puppy, who is now named Forest, has already become an internet sensation because of his color. But it isn't always easy being green. In 2014, another rare green puppy, who was born weaker than the rest of the litter, passed away. While no one has been able to prove a direct connection between being born green and the puppy's premature death, it makes news like this a little less lighthearted.

Luckily, Forest, along with his golden siblings, appears to be doing well. And his temporary color is already starting to fade.

If you can give a loving forever home to a dog of any shape, size or color, try visiting Adopt-a-Pet or visit your local shelter.