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Baby Pink Elephant Thrives In The Wild Against All The Odds

Baby Pink Elephant Thrives In The Wild Against All The Odds

A rare 'pink' baby elephant has defied odds to survive in the wild despite battling problems caused by its skin pigmentation.

The rare elephant calf was born with albinism to a wild elephant in Masai Mara, Kenya in April this year.

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The condition is caused by a lack of pigment in the skin and usually results in pale dermatological layers and unpigmented, pink eyes. Albinism can also cause poor eyesight that could eventually lead to blindness as the calf gets older.

Despite this, the adorable elephant was caught on camera by a wildlife photographer and ranger Mostafa Elbrolosy, who spotted the wild animal's unusual pink skin, thriving alongside its mother.

Mostafa, who runs a safari camp, had heard about the birth of a baby elephant but the photographer said he was surprised when he saw the adorable calf for himself.

A rare 'pink' baby elephant has defied odds to survive in the wild. (Credit: Caters)
A rare 'pink' baby elephant has defied odds to survive in the wild. (Credit: Caters)
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He said: "It was a rare sighting. Rare creatures are always the most attractive for any wildlife photographer and getting the chance to watch and photograph it was like a dream."

"As I live in the Masai Mara running my cozy camp here, I got a news over the radio of female elephant giving birth to an albino baby," he added.

"I finished my job, packed my camera and went looking for it with one of our guides."

The rare elephant calf was born with albinism to a wild elephant in Masai Mara, Kenya in April this year. (Credit: Caters)
The rare elephant calf was born with albinism to a wild elephant in Masai Mara, Kenya in April this year. (Credit: Caters)

Continuing: "We got the surprise in the afternoon after quiet long time of searching only very few people had come to see it as no one expected it to be an albino one.

"I was very lucky to get the chance to see and photograph this extremely rare baby."

The ranger said the newborn calf was extremely rare and was thriving despite the harsh sunlight, which wasn't suitable for its delicate skin.

The adorable elephant was caught on camera by a wildlife photographer. (Credit: Caters)
The adorable elephant was caught on camera by a wildlife photographer. (Credit: Caters)

Mostafa shared: "He was surrounded and very well protected by the herd, trying to feed from the mum and walk with her.

"He was just 8 hours old. We were thrilled to see such an amazing sight."

Keep thriving, baby elephant.

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: Life News, Real, Animals

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa is a freelance journalist working for Tyla and the team's token Dubliner. After graduating with a MA in PR and Digital Marketing from D.I.T., she worked for MailOnline, Sun Online, Irish Independent and broadcaster RTÉ. Got a story of interest or want advice on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness? Then email her at [email protected]

 

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