Pretty in Pink: Animals Who Wear It Better Than Molly Ringwald

A rare pink hippo.

Will Burrard-Lucas

updated 11/07/2013 AT 11:15 AM ET

originally published 11/07/2013 AT 2:30 PM ET

Forget orange. Pink is the new black – among animals, that is.

A photographer recently snapped shots of a pale-hued hippo standing out like a sore thumb among its pack in Zambia, and it had us daydreaming about all the other animals that are naturally blushing beauties – and beasts, like Australia’s giant fluorescent slugs! As you’ll see, pink isn’t always pretty.

Hot Pink Hippo
In 2010, photographers first spotted this young hippopotamus in Masai Mara, Kenya. The animal suffers from leucism, according to U.K.’s Daily Mail, a rare condition in which all pigment cells fail to develop.

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Fuchsia Flipper
In 2011, this dynamically-colored dolphin was seen swimming off the coast of Hong Kong. The marine mammal is identical to a pink dolphin spotted in 2009 in a shipping channel between Calcasieu Lake and Lake Charles in Louisiana, with striking red eyes. Way to accessorize!

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Pink Elephant
Apparently, pink is all the rage among pachyderms, too: this blushing baby elephant was snapped taking a bath in Burma in 2012. Known as “white” elephants, the animal anomalies are seen as bearers of good fortune. What are the chances of us running into one of these after we play Powerball?

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Star Bright
Blood starfish come in a variety of colors – including reddish-orange and lavender – and are found along the Pacific coast of North America. Like Hollywood’s biggest stars, they tend to ham it up for the cameras.


Something Fishy
Say this marine mullosks’s name three times real fast: pink dorid nudibranch. Wasn’t that fun?


Pink Posse
Australia’s Mount Kaputar is populated with hundreds of these 8-inch fluorescent slugs, who tend to come out early in the morning, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. Another reason to repeatedly hit the snooze button.

Courtesy NSW National Parks and Wildlife