Friday, October 1, 2010

Pink Hippopotamus

A pink hippopotamus was photographed by Will and Matt Burrard-Lucas in Masai Mara in Kenya. The pink hippo has Leucism.

Leucism is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals and humans. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.

The pink hippo is said to be young, shy and never go far from its mother.

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