This rare pink hippo was spotted on the banks of the Mara River in Kenya last week. The hippo is not albino – it has dark eyes and dark patches on its back – rather it is leucistic, which means it has a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin. Such animals do not typically survive long in the wild as they are conspicuous to predators. They also suffer from sunburn.
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