Friday, October 01, 2010

17 Pretty Pink Hippo Butts


A Rare Pink Hippo found swimming in Kenya !

Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas, were visiting the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, following the wildebeest migration, only to find a pink hippo!
The photographers - brothers who run a blog
 together, said: "Just as we started to tuck into our breakfast, we looked up and gawked, open-mouthed, as a pink hippopotamus emerged from the river!"

peeking pink hippo
Photo credit: Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas
Look at that adorable face!
 
"Our guide had mentioned that he had heard rumors of this rare hippo from a fellow guide, however, he was not told where it lived and he had never come across it before," said Will.
According to the brothers, the hippo is leucitic and not albino as it had some pigmented spots and dark eyes. Leucistic animals often do not survive in the wild as they are visible to predators and get sunburnt. Hippos however are large enough to fend off rare attackers, while using their sweat as a natural sunscreen. Hopefully this guy sweats a lot, I'd hate to see him red and peeling. A Hippos' use of mud-bathing is also used as protection from sunburn, as well as keeping cool and to dislodge parasites. 

Photo credit: Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas

"It was a young one as it is much smaller than the other hippos and always stayed close to its mother," said Will, who added that it was "very shy" and hid behind its mother. The photographic duo tried not to spook the tiny pink hippo when snapping away at their found treasure from the Mara river. 
The Burrard-Lucases used a long, 600-millimeter lens to capture pictures of the unusual creature from a distance.


Photo Credit:Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas  
pretty pink hippo butts

The pair of photographers have shared their images with  National  Geographic and described their encounter with the rare pink hippo on their own blog.




Nature sure can keep us entertained with constant surprises.



All you have to do is keep your eyes and mind open!

until next time ...  

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17 comments:

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

OMG How very cool is that? I have never seen a pink one before (not that any of us have lol), but thank you so much for sharing. He is quite cute!

Kiki said...

Wow...what a beautiful creature! Amazing..thanks for sharing this! Super cool!
Kiki~

Au and Target said...

hey, hope the poor thing doesn't get sunburn!

Not So Average Mama said...

That is so cool! I will have to remember to show my girls!!

Lady V dZine said...

Aside from my babies, those are the cutest pink bumms ever!

Cheeseboy said...

That is so, so cool. Looks like a giant pig, to be sure.

Stefani @ MommyEnterprises.com said...

That is the cutest pink hippo I have ever seen.

Tammy said...

I watched a documentary that include hippos like this. It's actually kinda sad. They suffer from the sun, like we would. They die at a young age.

Kathleen said...

It is definitely cute as can be, but I do hope it doesn't suffer from the sun.

Erin Tales said...

I just want to lather it in sunscreen! LOL! Cute. My boys love hippos.

dogsmom said...

I hope you email Bev and link this up to Pink Saturday.

Beeb said...

Awww, so cute! Pink is my favorite color. :)

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candace said...

OMG that's the coolest thing I've ever seen..how bizarre!

Shannon said...

Awww now you KNOW I love me some hippos. How precious is he? Love it! Going to tweet this link out too. Gotta share. :)

Theresa @ Faith and Family Reviews said...

How cool! My youngest daughter would be tickled by this. :)

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