From purest white to brightest red, the range of dog colors and patterns out there are quite astonishing. But, it’s not every day that we come across bright-blue colored dogs. The harrow of this peculiar episode is that this isn’t a scene from a sci-fi movie or a genetic mutation. Unsurprisingly, it comes down to another pathetic consequence of careless human activities.
Locals in the Russian city of Dzerzhinsk, located about 400km east of Moscow, have sighted a group of stray dogs with bright-blue-colored fur. The astounded locals immediately took photos of the sight they witnessed and alerted local authorities. Though the actual reason behind the mysterious coloring of the dogs is still unclear, the story quickly spread.
It might be hard to believe, but blue-colored stray dogs were found to be real. Experts confirmed it. The mystery behind the animals seems to have a connection with the vicinity they were spotted in. They were photographed close to an old abandoned factory in Dzerzhinsk of Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region.
Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo is a large chemical production facility that originated during the times of the USSR. It was closed down in 2015 due to financial problems.
Among the many chemicals that are said to have been produced in the Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo plant were plexiglass – a transparent petroleum-based thermoplastic product – and hydrocyanic acid. The exact reason for the unusual blue is still unclear but authorities seem to be positive about one thing: the animals must’ve come into contact with harmful residues from the chemical plant.
‘Possibly they found the remains of some old chemicals and rolled in it, and possibly it was copper sulfate,’ the commissioner said.
The police continue to conduct investigations to identify the cause behind the unnatural discoloring of the poor animals. Meanwhile, they are gathering and directing the polluted dogs for specific health checkups to find a clue of the source and to make sure it doesn’t lead to further complications.
#3 The Abandoned Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo Plant Near Which The Discolored Dogs Were Spotted