Friday, November 11, 2005

Hulk Dog or Hoax? make the call.

Today, there is very little news in the world. Or at least I can only presume that is the case, based on the fact that this little news story is sweeping the nation:
ALHAMBRA, Calif -- The littermates of a Northern California puppy may be green with envy.

That's because a golden retriever born last week is green. The little green fella is one of a litter of four. But his littermates are the usual blond color.

The owner, a dog breeder, says he's mystified about the green color.

Veterinarians said that it's possible for a newborn pup's fur to be green because the placenta, which is green, sometimes rubs off during birth. Whatever the cause, the little green guy now has name -- Wasabi. That's the spicy green mustard put on sushi.

His color definitely sets him apart.

I love how the article spends three paragraphs building up the mystery of the green puppy. Only to basically explain it away in a really mundane (and a little icky) way. Still, for about 30 seconds there, comic book fans were excited by the potential of a Hulk Dog.

Read about it here, or here, or here.

Update: I have been informed that puppies being stained green by plancentas are not in fact "icky." Instead, they are more accurately described as "a natural part of life." Sorry about the confusion there.

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