All About 7 .PINK Animals to Celebrate National Pink Day!
Happy National Pink Day! Today we're celebrating by giving you the low-down on 7 different naturally pink animals found in the wild. These animals may be new to you (they were all new to me!), and a few may even surprise you - did you know elephants really do come in pink? Read more to learn about these awesome creatures, and to find out about our .PINK domain sale, going on now! Get colorful and check out even more colorful sales, too!
Although most people think flamingo when they hear "pink bird", this spoonbill is another example of a naturally pink bird. Roseate Spoonbill is found mostly in Central and South America along coastlines in the Caribbean, east of the Andes Mountains and along several US coasts. It gets its color the same way flamingos do, via nutrients in the food it eats. The bird grows to be about 2-3 feet tall, and has a wingspan between 4 and 4 ½ feet. The bird's feather colors range from pale pink to bright magenta, depending on where the bird is from and its age.
This fun dolphin is found in the Amazon River, and is also known as the Amazon River Dolphin. It is a fresh water dolphin with a somewhat different shape from sea dolphins. These animals grow to be anywhere from 5 to 8 feet in length, with 24 to 34 teeth in their mouths. Because of unfused neck vertebrae, the dolphins can turn their heads 90°, enabling them to look down thin river stretches and navigate well. Females are typically bigger than males, and the species is the centerpiece of a mythical creature called the enchanted in Amazon River Folklore.
This monkey is found, like the pink river dolphin, in the Amazon jungle, mostly in Peru and in some parts of Brazil. Pink faces for these creatures signifies a healthy monkey, which is a trait that the ukaries look for when mating. Most monkeys in the wild live to up to 30 years of age, and in captivity they live to be over 30 years-old. The ukaries live in packs of up to 100, either with all males or females, meeting to mate in October and May. Unfortunately, this species is vulnerable to extinction, and many die each year due to malaria.
This big boy is a very rare sighting, and has been spotted recently in Zambia and Kenya, in Africa. Although hippos are usually a dark grey color, there are leucistic hippos, and they come out pink due to an inability of the skin pigment to mature - this is not to be confused with albinism, where there is a lack of pigment in the skin overall. Hippos with this condition are more vulnerable to sunburn (ouch!); however, their sweat can double as sunscreen to keep the rays from burning them. Be warned, just because they're pink doesn't mean they're not mean - hippos are known to be violent, and are very strong, so don't go pet the hippo just because it's pink!
This little guy is just about the opposite of the pink hippo above - these seahorses grow to a maximum length of 2cm, which is even less than an inch! This species is found living on fan corals in the western central Pacific Ocean, very well camouflaged in their homes. The species wasn't actually discovered on purpose, but was discovered during an examination of a fan coral, so don't expect to dive and see them unless you look really hard. They live in water 10 - 40 meters deep, and live in clusters of up to about 30 seahorses on one coral. Unlike most animals, the male seahorses carry the young, and the young are independent from birth.
Star fish are very commonly known (think Patrick Star), and what do you know, they come in pink! They live on coral, and stick to the surface of rocks and such using small spines to stay on the rocks. The starfish push their stomachs out and envelop their food, and breed by letting out gametes into the water to be fertilized by another sex's gamete. The pink star can grow to weigh up to 2 pounds.
Albino elephants, or white elephants, are not their own species, but are elephants whose skin does not have pigment. These elephants also have light eyelashes, toes, and hair, and although they are a light, reddish-brown color when dry, they turn pink when wet. This particular pink animal has a heavy spiritual importance in southeast asian culture, as the white elephant is said to be spiritually pure, which is why it's color is lighter than others. Several leaders in Burma and Thailand actually own pink elephants as their own. Most albino elephants are found in Asia, however there are also some in Africa. These elephants are rare and may suffer from sunburn, blindness, and death due to the sun exposure in the flatlands of Africa.
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Post by Samantha Banks.