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!
"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
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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 ...