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This baby albino elephant was spotted in a herd in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. The rare sighting was photographed by Nicki Coertze, a tourist on safari with his family. He called it a ‘once in a lifetime sighting’, stating that he has been visiting the park since childhood and has never chanced across an albino calf before.‘We were watching the elephants drinking at the Shingwedsi River when we noticed the albino elephant calf.
‘We took pictures of the elephant through the car window, I was trying to keep super still in spite of the excitement of the others in the car.
‘I was really hoping the pink elephant would play in the water a bit, and wash all the dirt off, so we could see him in all his pinkness.
Unfortunately due to the lack of pigment in its skin, the calf is likely to have skin problems caused by the scorching African sun, and like other cases of albinism in humans and other animals the calf may suffer blindness later in life as its eyes are sensitive to sunlight. But for now he seems safe and Coertze seems to think ‘as far as the rest of the herd was concerned they seemed to just accept him in their stride.’