OMG! Are These Pink Sheep For Real?

By Meera Dolasia on February 1, 2012

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A flock of mammals that reside at Auckland's SheepWorld are making waves or should we say Baaaaas? That's because instead of the usual muddy white, they are all sporting shocking pink hues.

As you may have guessed by now, the flock of 60 are not born this way - Their wooly coats have been dyed with food coloring by their enterprising owners, to try attract more visitors to this working farm that provides an insight into sheep farming.

The tradition of coloring the animals began about two years ago - To celebrate the rugby finals between Canterbury and Auckland, the farm owners dyed their entire flock, red and black - the color of the team uniforms. The unique sheep became so popular, that the owners decided to make the look permanent.

However, dyeing them in two different colors was difficult, so after discussing various colors and causes, they settled upon this bright pink, in honor of breast cancer awareness.

The dyeing frequency depends on the amount of rain the farm receives. That's because the food dye tends to wash off with water. And in case you are concerned, the dye is completely harmless and even the color does not bother the mammals, since sheep are color blind!


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  • leelynnThursday, August 27, 2015 at 8:44 am
    sooo cute!!!
    • summerstar
      summerstarThursday, August 6, 2015 at 1:19 pm
      • october
        octoberThursday, August 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm
        So cool !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • girly girlThursday, June 18, 2015 at 8:58 am
          awesome pink sheep
          • LolboneWednesday, June 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm
            Lol . Yay. Lol
            • BobFriday, June 12, 2015 at 9:02 pm
              That is so weird
              • evening
                eveningSaturday, May 23, 2015 at 12:02 pm
                love that pink
                • AwesomeThursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:46 pm
                  pink sheep
                  • racer11
                    racer11Monday, May 18, 2015 at 6:36 pm
                    pink is normal in sheep
                    • T-BoneWednesday, May 13, 2015 at 9:29 am

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