OMG! Are These Pink Sheep For Real?

By Meera Dolasia on February 1, 2012

Word Search

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!


VocabularyPlay Game



Share by EmailShare on FacebookShare on Google+Share on TwitterShare on PinterestShare on RedditShare on Edmodo
to use your custom avatar.
  • 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
          • FunTuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9:30 am
            • 🇺🇸Blaine🇺🇸Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 9:30 am
              The pink sheep are coming. RUN FOR UR LIFE!!!!!!!!
              • GraceMonday, May 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm
                I would love to die my sheep pink though I don't think dad would let me (-:
                • GraceMonday, May 11, 2015 at 9:13 pm
                  this is sooooo cool I should think about doing that
                  • JerichaFriday, April 24, 2015 at 7:34 am
                    Nice that is awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • anahiMonday, April 13, 2015 at 10:18 am
                      so cute

                      Popular Articles

                      Why Oregon's Lost Lake Disappears Every Year
                      This Memorial Day Remember Our Fallen Heroes
                      Fake Orca Summoned To Scare Astoria's Sea Lions
                      Video Of The Week - Elephant Seals Need Hugs Too!
                      Minecraft As A Mandatory Subject In School? Sweet!
                      Boo Mania Sweeps Over America (And The World)!
                      Video Of The Week - If Frozen Was A Horror Movie . . .
                      Are You Ready To 'Gangnam Style'?

                      Recent Comments


                      But if they eat all the fish, th...
                      Fake Orca Summoned To Scare Asto...

                      irule wrote:

                      i feel like to things at once
                      World's Longest And Highest Glas...

                      irule wrote:

                      amazing wich i could be there
                      World's Longest And Highest Glas...

                      Our Apps and Plugins