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Meet Pistachio: The Green Pup From Sardinia

If there’s one thing 2020 needed, it was a pastel green puppy called Pistachio.

On 9 October 2020, a litter of five was born to Christian Mallocci’s working dogs in the costal town, Sardinia.

All was well except for the fact that one of the puppies appeared to have green fur.

There was therefore no doubt that the Italian farmer would call his obscure pup ‘Pistachio.’

In pictures posted via REUTERS, you can see the pastel green puppy in all of his glory.

Picture taken October 9, 2020. Cristian Mallocci/Handout via REUTERS

It’s thought that the green colour is caused by the bile pigment known as biliverdin.

When lighter coloured puppies come into contact with the green pigment in their mother’s womb, their fur can stain with this sensational colour.

Picture taken October 9, 2020. Cristian Mallocci/Handout via REUTERS

Sadly, it won’t last forever. The green colour is known to fade over time.

So I guess that means we need to stare at and snap all of the cute photos that we can manage in the meantime.

(And now we feel like having a pistachio flavoured gelato in Sardinia. Sorry in advance if now you do too).

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