See It: Pink Hippo Found in Kenya

By Jim Liao, Epoch Times
January 3, 2016 Updated: January 4, 2016

Well there’s something you don’t see everyday.

According to the New York Post, a pink hippo was spotted bathing by a french couple in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. 

So why is the hippo pink?

The hippo’s pink color is due to a condition called leucism. Leucism is the partial loss of pigmentation in animals, resulting in pale feathers or skin. Leucism doesn’t affect the area around the eyes, so the hippo’s eyes still have normal pigmentation.

While the hippo may look unique, its color is actually disadvantageous. The pink skin makes the hippo more susceptible to sunburns and hurts its ability to camouflage, making it more visible to both prey and predators.