As far as safaris are concerned, Nick Coertze certainly has his share of trips. He goes to Shingwedzi, in Kruger National Park located in South Africa, with his family for years now and tends to spend at least 30 days a year in the park, and has never seen anything so rare.
When he took pictures of a herd of elephants, he certainly didn’t expect to see that! Taking a picture of the scene, he carefully inspected the photos when he returned home to make sure his eyes didn’t play tricks on him. There was a baby pink elephant with the herd! It is a very rare sight indeed and it could be an albino elephant.
Albino elephants do not have good eyesight and when he reviewed the photos, he noticed that the baby pink elephant did not have his eyes open, even in one of the shots. Albino creatures are very sensitive to sunlight and can often go blind. Nick hopes the herd will accept the rare colored animal, as albino creatures are known to have a harder life than others. But if she is really accepted as part of the herd, then anything is possible! It may one day become an adult pink elephant.
The baby followed in his mother’s footsteps as the herd crossed the desolate landscape and approached the river for swimming. Spectators on the safari bus were all eagerly waiting to see if the dirt would wash the baby to see her in all her pink glory, but unfortunately she just dipped her feet in the water. Staying by his mother’s side, the baby elephant quickly left the sight of tourists. Without her mother’s advice, the little rose would certainly have been lost!
I was stunned to see the pink elephant. Seeing such a rare creature is a unique opportunity, as elephants usually face difficulties in their lives. Have you ever met such an animal? What did you think of this story? We’d love to hear from you! Please leave your comments in the section below.