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Pink Baby Elephant Spotted At Kruger National Park In South Africa

03/15/2016 03:59 EDT | Updated 03/15/2016 04:59 EDT

Most people expect to see elephants on a safari, but for one group of tourists, this was quite the treat.

Nicki Coertze, a 58-year-old minister from South Africa, was visiting Kruger National Park with his family recently, when he spotted a small pink elephant.

"I was trying to keep super still in spite of the excitement of the others in the car," Coertze told Caters News Agency.

The calf, thought to be an albino, was seen drinking from a river with its mother.

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Coertze said he's been visiting the park since his childhood, and has never seen an animal like this.

"I have an idea that this is a once in a lifetime sighting for me."

While albinos are rare among African elephants, this isn't the first time one has been spotted.

BBC wildlife cameraman Mike Holding snapped some photos of a pink calf in Botswana back in 2009.

Ecologist Dr. Mike Chase told the BBC at the time the sighting was likely the first recorded one in the country.

He said he'd only come across three other references to albino calves, and those were in Kruger National Park.

Chase also acknowledged the elephants may have a hard life in the harsh African sun, which could lead to them going blind or developing skin problems.

A couple who lived near the park also spotted a rare albino back in 2005, according to IOL.

Dr. Ian Whyte, a Kruger park specialist in large herbivores, told the South African news site that it's possible they're more common than we think, but many don't survive.

You can see more images of the adorable elephant calf in the video above.

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