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Rare Pink Hippo Spotted in Kenya’s Massai Mara National Reserve

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This pink hippo, suffering from leucism, was spotted hanging out with its buddies, and photographed by Laurent and Dominique Renaud during their visit.

A rare sight was spotted around the river bend in the Massai Mara National Reserve in Kenya: a pink hippo. In the midst of its regular-colored brethren, this pink hippo stuck out like a sore thumb, which only makes it that much more fascinating.

Suffering from leucism, which is different from albinism as the pigmentation of the skin or hair is patchy or multicolored, this hippo has worked hard to survive to this day. With its color that certainly doesn’t blend into the environment, its lack of camouflage has probably made for some close calls, besides also being a magical sight.

DailyMail.UK
DailyMail.UK
DailyMail.UK
DailyMail.UK

Mr. Renaud, the photographer, told the Daily Mail, “We knew the pink hippo was in a group of hippos in a bend of the river – people talked about it, but we were never sure whether it was real or a myth or not. So to see it in real life was an absolutely life changing experience.”

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DailyMail.UK

That is an incredible sight, indeed. The chance of ever seeing another pink hippo as brilliant spotted as this one is probably more than one million to one.

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Rare Pink Hippo Spotted in Kenya’s Massai Mara National Reserve