Packs of dogs in eastern Russia are inexplicably turning pink and blue.
The strange phenomenon has occurred in and around the city of Dzerzhinsk, some 242 miles east of Moscow, near the abandoned Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo chemical plant that once manufactured highly toxic hydrocyanic acid, which is also a central ingredient in a ” Prussian blue “that was once commonly used. to dye. Experts believe this detail may help explain why some puppies are now completely blue, including their droppings, according to vets.
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Without clearer details, Dmitry Karelkin, chief physician at Zoozashchita veterinary hospital, officially blamed the blue hue on “some kind of chemical,” which does not appear to have physically harmed the animals.
Meanwhile, examiners from the Lobachevsky Chemical Research Institute at Nizhny Novgorod State University, as well as the State Veterinary Surveillance Committee, found no “signs of irritating chemical burns,” while the results of blood and stool tests they did not reveal significant toxicity.
Blue dogs will reportedly remain under close observation for about 20 days. Meanwhile, no announcements have been made to specifically address the dogs that are turning pink, according to the East2West news agency. However, some are calling for an investigation of a chemical dump in another area of Dzerzhinsk, where 300,000 tons of toxic waste was dumped after the Cold War. The nearby Kristall defense plant was also implicated in local reports.
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East2West has reported that city officials are calling the claims “exaggerated.”
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