Sand Rivers

The Pinkypotamus

11 November 2011

Anyone got any Sunscreen?

This poor fellow has got it tough, he is not a true albino as he has dark eyes and dark spots on his body, what he suffers from is called Leucism (lack of pigment producing cells)

The tropical climate of the Selous can very unforgiving, the sun belts down daily with our top temperatures reaching over 40c.

Lucky for the this Hippo he can avoid getting burnt by his special sweat that protects him from the sun. Leucism effects many different types of animals, but it probably effects predators the most, as they will never be able to sneak up on anything!

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