A baby elephant born with albinism has thrived in the wild despite problems caused by his pigmentation.
The rare calf was born in April this year in Maasai Mara, Kenya.
A wildlife photographer photographed him, who discovered his unusual pink skin pigmentation, but it is believed he is still thriving.
Mostafa Elbrolosy, a ranger who runs a safari camp, said he had heard about the baby elephant’s birth but was surprised to see the adorable baby elephant in person. I said:
“It was a rare sight. “Rare creatures are always the most appealing to any wildlife photographer and having the opportunity to see and photograph them is like a dream.
“While I was living in Maasai Mara and running my cozy camp here, I heard on the radio that a female elephant had given birth to an albino. “I finished my job, cleaned up. camera and I went looking for it with one of our guides.
Mr Elbrolosy said the newborn calf was extremely rare and was thriving despite the harsh sun being unsuitable for it.
“She is very well covered and protected by the herd, trying to suckle her mother and go for walks with her mother. “He was only eight hours old. “We were delighted to see such a wonderful sight.”
Albinism is caused by a lack of pigment in the skin and often results in pale layers of skin as well as unpigmented pink eyes.
This condition can also cause poor vision and can eventually lead to blindness as calves age.
Many elephants have patches of unpigmented skin behind their ears, but true albino elephants can often be shunned by their fellow humans due to their unusual appearance.