A rare pink hippopotamus was spotted and photographed in Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve during the winter by a French couple, who shared the stunning photos on social media. Laurent and Dominique Renaud snapped photos of the pink hippo, who wildlife experts believe has leucism, a skin pigmentation condition.
Leucism carriers are missing normal pigments and are either white or pink; they are not albinos, according to Mysterious Universe. True albinism gives animals pink eyes, while leucism does not, Mother Nature Work noted. They do both, however, result in increased susceptibility to sunburn.
If you are not different. You are not noticed. Beautiful Pink Hippo at the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. pic.twitter.com/cLwsrHyrfT
— Vikas Khanna (@TheVikasKhanna) January 1, 2016
Brothers Matt and Will Burrard-Lucas were able to snap photos back in 2010 of a pink baby hippo that they spotted coming out of the Mara River. This could be the same one, all grown up now.
Although rare, pink hippos do exist! This one was spotted in Kenya in 2010. #hippo #pink http://t.co/mogh6UEGMo pic.twitter.com/hfIFVguJDP — Louise Walker (@sincerelylouise) April 26, 2015
The pink hippo sticks out among the normal grey ones, which lends the truth to the statement among experts that animals suffering from leucism are at a disadvantage, according to the New York Post, as they are easy to spot, making them easy prey to predators.