A Russia is trying to solve the mysterious case of the appearance of dogs, whose fur appears painted blue or green.
According to the BBC, seven dogs with blue fur were initially identified near a glass factory in Dzerzhinsk, an industrial city in Nizhny Novgorod, about 370 kilometers from Moscow.
The case was reported on February 11, and images of the animals quickly went viral on social media.
Considering that the factory in question also produces acrylic glass and acids to color them, it was suspected, from the beginning, that the dogs were in contact with a blue powder that may have dyed their fur. Referred to a veterinarian on the 13th of this month, after blood tests were performed on the animals, traces of chemicals were found in the dogs’ hair.
At the time, the Russian media also reported that the animals appeared to have no health problems, even though the chemist’s long-term implications were not known.
However, when the case appeared to be resolved this Thursday, several dogs with light green fur were found in Podolsk, another industrial city, located 37 kilometers from Moscow.
This time, the animals were identified near an abandoned warehouse, where bags of powder paint had been kept.
Although everything points again to the dogs being exposed to a chemist who dyed their hair, on social media there are those who consider that, in the latter case, the dogs were deliberately painted, taking into account that the blue animals a success on the internet.
The dogs found in Podolsk have also been examined by a veterinarian. However, the causes that caused the hair color have not yet been determined. As in the first case, dogs seem to be in good health.
Whatever the real cause that is changing the color of these animals, the case may expose the risks of chemical pollution in Russia, which still has many unoccupied or old factories spread across the communist-era country.
See in the gallery above the images of the blue dogs in Dzerzhinsk.
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