There’s something you don’t come across all the time. And such things when seen not only make headlines, it also get people amazed. This is exactly why the social media is abuzz with the emergence of the pink Hippo spotted in Kenya. Recently, a pink hippo was spotted bathing by a french couple in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve and it has got people wondering why the Hippo chose none other colour but pink to wear. However, the pink Hippo is suffering from leucism which is a condition in which there is partial loss of pigmentation in an animal resulting in white, pale, or patchy coloration of the skin, hair, feathers, scales or cuticles, but not the eyes. The condition prevents the pigmentation of cells in an animal to develop appropriately. Since Leucism doesn’t affect the area around the eyes, the hippo’s eyes still have normal pigmentation. Though the Hippo will look unique and exceptional, and maybe the only one of its kind, its colour is really unfavourable.
Its color doesn’t make it any more special than the rest as it is actually disadvantageous. The pink skin makes the hippo more defenseless against sunburns and reduces it’s chances of survival as it hurts its ability to camouflage, making it more visible to both prey and predators..
Despite all the said disadvantages of the Hippo’s colour, many love the fact that it is uncommon and distinctive, saying that the Hippo is way more beautiful than the usual black ones. See pictures below:
This Hippo looking different from its herd may be be disadvantaged – but it has figured out unique ways of surviving in the wild. keeping in mind that hippos have an advantage in that they are big enough to defend themselves against attackers as well-be able to use their sweat as sun screen, the pink Hippo is making a life out of its condition.
— luthercrop (@luthercrop) December 29, 2015
Against the famous belief, the hippo, which has speckles of gray mixed into its pink skin, is leucistic and not an albino as albinism causes mammal’s eyes to turn pink, while leucism doesn’t affect eye colour.
Let us know if this pink Hippo is prettier than the black ones in the comment section below.