OMG! Are These Pink Sheep For Real?


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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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  • partwolf_42
    partwolf_42Friday, February 5, 2021 at 11:49 am
    • pinklilcow
      pinklilcowSaturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:48 am
      ............It is probably a sheperds flock. They must uv died the wool pink! They got out I think.
      • lilypads
        lilypadsSaturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:15 am
        Pink sheep
        • fox1568
          fox1568Monday, October 12, 2020 at 4:39 am
          omg cool
          • phantasticgus
            phantasticgusSaturday, September 19, 2020 at 9:34 am
            PINK SHEEP?!?!? What in the world?
            • lolipoperz
              lolipoperzWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 12:38 pm
              I've heard of white sheep but not pink ones?!
              • lpscollie01
                lpscollie01Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 7:12 pm
                • youssefTuesday, September 24, 2019 at 2:20 pm
                  wow omg
                  • timothy_99
                    timothy_99Monday, May 13, 2019 at 4:06 pm
                    • jailyn
                      jailynTuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:10 am
                      Pink is my 2nd favorite color mint green is my fav