We can now all enjoy witnessing a rare pink elephant thanks to Nicki Coertze!
A rare pink elephant youngster stood out from a herd of African gray elephants when Nicki Coertze, a professional wildlife photographer, visited the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
He was so taken aback by the strange sight that he promptly snapped photos that have now gone viral. He did, which was fortunate for us because a pink elephant is not something you see every day. Scientists believe the pink skin is caused by a disorder known as Leucism. Leucism, according to Webster’s dictionary, is “an abnormal condition of reduced pigmentation affecting various animals (such as birds, mammals, and reptiles) that is marked by overall pale color or patches of reduced coloring and is caused by a genetic mutation that prevents melanin and other pigments from being deposited in feathers, hair, or skin and is caused by a genetic mutation that prevents melanin and other pigments from being deposited in feathers, hair, or skin.”
The odd pink pigmentation was caused by leucism, which is merely a partial loss of color. Because they have some pigment, animals with Leucism are not albinos and may often be distinguished by their eyes.
With his mother and the rest of his family, Coertze first observed the pink calf near a drinking hole. Unfortunately, because they stand out from their surroundings, animals with Leucism become easy prey for predators. This pink infant is fortunate in that he is surrounded by many powerful protectors.
Pink elephants may be more prevalent than we thought, according to a Kruger Park large herbivore wildlife specialist, Dr. Ian Whyte, who told a South African news agency that many don’t survive.
He also stated that it is unclear whether the calf is a real white elephant, commonly known as an albino, or a leucistic calf. Time will tell whether or not a leucistic has dark eyes and a true albino has pink eyes.
According to all accounts, the gorgeous pink baby is getting along well with his family, which isn’t often the case with exceptional animals, who are occasionally cast out for being out of the ordinary and attracting unwanted attention to the herd.
We wish this sweet pink elephant nothing but happiness and a long and healthy life. Please spread the word about these interesting photos to your family and acquaintances.