Baby pink elephant thrives against all the odds

An albino-born baby elephant has thrived in the wild despite facing problems caused by its pigmentation.

A rare calf was born in April in Maasai Mara, Kenya.

One wildlife photographer captured it on camera and discovered its unusually pink skin pigmentation, but it is said to be thriving nonetheless.

The calf was born in April earlier this year before being spotted by a wildlife photographer in Maasai Mara, Kenya.
The newborn with albinism has been thriving in the wild despite battling with intense sunlight beaming down on its non-pigmented skin.
Mostafa Elbrolosy, a ranger who runs a safari camp, said that he had heard about the birth of the elephant but was surprised when he saw the adorable calf for himself.

Mostafa Elbrolosy, a ranger who runs a hunting camp, said he had heard of the elephant’s birth but was surprised to see it with his own eyes.

He said: ‘It was a rare sight.

‘These rare creatures are always most appealing to any wildlife photographer, and they have the opportunity to view and photograph them like a dream.


‘When I lived in Maasai Mara, running my cozy camp here, I received a radio report about a female elephant giving birth to an albino.

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

‘We got a surprise in the afternoon after a long search; only very few people came to see it because no one expected it to be an albino.


‘I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to see and photograph this extremely rare baby.’

Albinism is caused by a lack of pigment in the skin and usually results in pale dermatological layers as well as unpigmented, pink eyes.
The condition can also cause poor eyesight, which could eventually mean the baby elephant suffers from blindness as it gets older.
There are many elephants with non-pigmented patches of skin behind their ears, but true albinos can often be rejected by their own species due to their unusual appearance.

Elbrolosy said the newborn calf is extremely rare and thrives despite the harsh sunlight it is not suitable for.

‘It is very well surrounded and protected by the herd, trying to feed from her mother and walking with her.


‘He was only eight hours old.

‘We are delighted to see such a wonderful sight.’

Albinism is caused by a lack of pigmentation in the skin and often results in pale skin layers and pink, pigmented eyes.


This condition can also cause poor vision, leading to blindness as the calf gets older.

Many elephants have unpigmented patches behind their ears, but their kind can often reject true albinos due to their unusual appearance.


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