Puppy born with green tint named for Marvel's Incredible Hulk

Don't make this doggie angry.

Gael Cooper
CNET editor Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." She's been a journalist since 1989, working at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Twin Cities Sidewalk, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and NBC News Digital. She's Gen X in birthdate, word and deed. If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Expertise Breaking news, entertainment, lifestyle, travel, food, shopping and deals, product reviews, money and finance, video games, pets, history, books, technology history, and generational studies Credentials
  • Co-author of two Gen X pop-culture encyclopedia for Penguin Books. Won "Headline Writer of the Year"​ award for 2017, 2014 and 2013 from the American Copy Editors Society. Won first place in headline writing from the 2013 Society for Features Journalism.
Gael Cooper

You wouldn't like this puppy when he's angry. A German Shepherd in North Carolina gave birth to a green-tinted puppy last week, and it's been named for the iconic  Marvel superhero who turns green when mad: Hulk. While the mom has white fur, and other pups in the litter are white or black, baby Hulk came out green. His color has now faded to a greenish-yellow, almost like a highlighter marker.

Shana Stamey said her dog, Gypsy, delivered three regularly tinted pups before Hulk came out. When the green pup arrived, "I started freaking out," Stamey said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. "But everybody was healthy." Gypsy had four more pups after Hulk, but none had an unusual fur color.

The color is temporary and was probably caused by, uh, poop, said Suzanne Cianciulli, practice manager at Junaluska Animal Hospital in Waynesville, N.C. Cianciulli told WLOS-TV that Hulk's fur was likely stained by meconium, which is an infant mammal's first stool. The color is already fading, and could be gone in just a few weeks.

Apparently, Hulk was more green when he was born, but recent images show him to be more yellow. Is it too late to change his name to Big Bird?