Nicki Coertze is a 58-year-old man who has been visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa ever since he was a little child. There is something in the safari and the wild animals that make this man happy and relaxed. During his latest trip to the park, he had noticed something so strange and unusual that he was left speechless and now his story is shared among animal lovers around the world.
As he and his family were admiring the gorgeous creatures, Nicki spotted a pink baby elephant. He even had to check it twice to make sure it wasn’t another species. The baby is believed to be an albino elephant. This sight is really never seen before as albinism is extremely rare in African elephants.
It’s not uncommon at animals to leave behind one of their kind who is different than the rest. But this sweet and pretty unique elephant was accepted as part of the herd.
“I have been visiting Kruger since my early childhood, and have over the last many years been spending at least 20 to 30 days in Kruger every year. I have never seen an albino elephant before. And then, none of my many friends have either. So bearing that in mind, I have an idea that this is a once in a lifetime sighting for me,” Nicki said. “As far as the rest of the herd was concerned they seemed to just accept him in their stride.”
The biggest issue is that because of its condition, the baby becomes an attractive pray for the poachers. It’s good it lives at the national park where park rangers could protect it from these people.
The albinism makes the skin and the eyes more sensitive to sunlight and the extremely hot African temperatures may cause problems with the baby elephant’s vision and even blindness later in life.
We do hope it will grow into a gorgeous elephant one day and won’t suffer any of the issues related to this condition caused by lack of pigmentation.