Updated: February 17, 2021 10:23:20 am
Several pictures of a pack of stray dogs with eye-catching blue fur are making rounds on the internet, triggering a variety of reactions online.
While many suggested that canines, spotted near an abandoned factory in Dzerzhinsk, might have been victims of a cruel prank, a Daily Mail report said that the dogs got the strange colouring due to exposure to chemical waste from a nearby abandoned factory.
Pictures taken by residents, which have now gone viral online, show the blue dogs wandering through the snow-covered streets in the city of Dzerzhinsk.
Take a look here:
— Wallstreetsbets (@russian_market) February 11, 2021
Many who came across the pictures also expressed concern over the dogs. While others also made memes and jokes about the strange coloured animals. Take a look at some of the reactions here:
Somebody is having some fun…no way an animal ingests this much chemical turns blue and stays healthy
— FelineLibre (@GeenaMidtown) February 11, 2021
— K-B // LV (@KBLV87) February 11, 2021
omg.. I hope they will be okay and that it won’t affect their health 💛stay safe doggies❤️
— Tascha in France (@InTascha) February 13, 2021
Ahh, hope it’s nots not hurting the animals..They’re beautiful dogs..
— Tammy R Wright (@TammyRWright2) February 11, 2021
poor babies 💔
— Daniela Battistella (@DBattistella) February 11, 2021
These dogs got the smurfs before Gargamel and Azrael.
— iemke (@iemkebecker) February 12, 2021
Puts new meaning in “Blue Dog Democrats.”
— Alex Pryrodny (@rurikbird) February 11, 2021
Now we know his dark origin story pic.twitter.com/CNZ3rAX3bM
— Free Ukraine 🇺🇦 (@Ukrainolution) February 11, 2021
According to The Moscow Times, the dogs may have been exposed to chemicals like plexiglass and hydrocyanic acid from the factory, which gave them a blue colour.
Andrey Mislivets, the bankruptcy manager of the plant, told Russian state-owned domestic news agency RIA Novosti that the dogs might have found leftover chemicals from the premises of the factory, which closed down due to financial constraints six years ago.
Nizhny Novgorod animal rights activists confirmed to the news agency that animals were not in danger as all seven of them were examined by veterinarians.
Two of the seven dogs have already found new owners, the news agency reported.
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