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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  • Ponylove123Friday, January 30, 2015 at 10:57 am
    • glitter458
      glitter458Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:26 pm
      thats cute
      • thestanderduser
        thestanderduserFriday, December 12, 2014 at 10:33 pm
        wow sheep world
        • z-bossbeetrol
          z-bossbeetrolThursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm
          they are panted it is easy to now :) they are at sheep world half way to Auckland
          • buddaboy_24_7
            buddaboy_24_7Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm
            sheep world has a cafe and pink sheep its on the way to Auckland
            • analise
              analiseTuesday, December 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm
              • NourishedCometTuesday, December 2, 2014 at 11:21 am
                Hey, happypug12, I want BLUE
                • which46
                  which46Friday, November 21, 2014 at 10:12 am
                  wow wow wow
                  • sowon1
                    sowon1Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm
                    I can't believe that!
                    • sowon1
                      sowon1Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:16 pm




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