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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  • confuzzled
    confuzzledWednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm
    I think they're cute in pink, but I'd think they'd rock some light, LIGHT turqoise.
    • confuzzled
      confuzzledWednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:24 pm
      Oh holy... wow. These sheep.. I want one. NOW.these are the cutest things I've ever seen!!
      • nikukyu
        nikukyuFriday, October 10, 2014 at 1:15 am
        Omg so cute!!!!! Want one as a pet😇 I'm not really a pink person, but these animals are hard to resist!!
        • happypug12
          happypug12Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8:01 am
          They should dye the sheep rainbow colors! Comment and tell what color you think the sheep should be.
          • narutoplaysmc
            narutoplaysmcTuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm
            Black & Purple. ;D
            • isac
              isacThursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:01 pm
              it should be black and blue
          • hdegreeff1
            hdegreeff1Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:50 am
            Did you see the baby lam
            • hdegreeff1
              hdegreeff1Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:37 am
              I mean about the sheep
              • hdegreeff1
                hdegreeff1Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:37 am
                It's pretty awesome
                • hdegreeff1
                  hdegreeff1Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 8:35 am
                  That's so awesome
                  • love2003
                    love2003Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm
                    HOW CUTE
                    • hdegreeff1
                      hdegreeff1Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:56 am
                      • tacolife
                        tacolifeWednesday, September 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm
                        I'M LIKE OMG A PINK SHEEP :O




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