Tickled Pink in the Animal World

We might be a bit biased, but we think rose gold is the tops. Turns out, we’re not the only ones: nature agrees and has already blessed us with these rosy and golden stunners.

Amazon River Dolphin

As if dolphins weren’t amazing enough already, check out this naturally pink subspecies. Clever and a little bit diva-like in captivity, these guys become super pink as they mature into adulthood. Color us jealous!

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Pink Hippo

OK, so technically this is the result of a skin condition, but this animal kingdom rarity is still in perfect, beautiful health! Arising from leucism, sometimes a hippo’s skin produces less pigmentation naturally, resulting in this Insta-ready hue.

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No pink animal collection is complete, of course, without without this standout: the stately flamingo! They are hatched with a pinkish hue, but that intensity can increase or decrease based on diet, so the darker the pink, the healthier. Talk about a healthy, rosy glow!


New Jersey Chorus Frog

Though typically gray or brown in color, these adorable amphibians can sometimes take on a pink hue. While most prettily colored frogs are reserved for more exotic locations, this cutie calls America’s East Coast home, which is pretty darn cool.

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Pink Sea Star

Though Patrick Star may have us of the mind that all starfish are pink, that hue is actually reserved for a subspecies. These seafaring beauties can even reach up to two feet in diameter!


Rose-Breasted Cockatoo

Now this is a lovebird! Indigenous to Australia, they are still only found on the island (as if we needed another reason to visit.)


Apple Snail

This little invasive species hails from Uruguay, but has wiggled its way all across America and Europe. While technically it is riddled with downsides to non-native waters, at least it is pretty darn cute!

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Pink Headed Duck

This fantastic fowl is now sadly thought to be extinct, but it certainly left its mark! Native to India, it turned quite a few heads up to the 1950s. There’s still a small sliver of hope, though, that they do continue to thrive in an inaccessible swampy region. Here’s hoping!

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We love these amazing critters and we’re just tickled pink they exist. Let’s all see the world just a bit more rosy.