Packs of dogs in eastern Russia are inexplicably turning up pink and blue.
The bizarre phenomenon has occurred in and around the town of Dzerzhinsk, about 242 miles east of Moscow, near the abandoned Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo chemical plant that once manufactured extremely toxic hydrocyanic acid, which is also a core component in a once commonly used “Prussian blue” dye.
According to vets, experts think this detail may help illustrate why some dogs are now blue through and through, including their faeces.
Without clearer details, Dmitry Karelkin, head physician of Zoozashchita veterinary hospital, officially blamed the blue colour on “some kind of chemical,” which doesn’t appear to have harmed the animals physically.
Meanwhile, examiners from the Lobachevsky Research Institute of Chemistry at Nizhny Novgorod State University, as well as the Committee for State Veterinary Surveillance, found “no signs of irritating chemical burns,” while results from the blood and stool tests did not show significant toxicity.
And according to a news outlet, the blue dogs reportedly will remain under close inspection for around twenty days. Meanwhile, no announcements have been made to specifically address pooches that turn up pink.
However, some are calling for an investigation of a chemical dump in another area of Dzerzhinsk, where 300,000 tonnes of poisonous waste was dumped after the Cold War. The nearby Kristall defence plant was also implicated in local news.
A news outlet has reported that city officials are calling the claims exaggerated.
Maybe blue fur coats made in Russia will be coming soon! Or are these poor doggies just cold and the fur is showing it? Perhaps in motherland Russia, dogs now want to colour up their lives, or the Russians might blame it on climate change, but it’s okay, as long as we don’t all start glowing in the dark, we should be okay!