If you love wildlife and wanted to encounter something scarce animals, the Nordics in the winter should be top in your list. Norway has a snowy wonderland that will fill your wanderlust with its magnificent natural beauty. It’s the only few places where you can see an extremely rare white baby deer.
During a hike near Oslo in Norway, hiker and photographer Mads Nordsveen stumbled upon a breathtaking sight a rare white baby reindeer standing alone in pure white snow.
The beautiful animal was very well hidden by the white snow surrounding it. This rare sighting of a white reindeer calf was caught on camera by him. He was amused to see the little one was not afraid at all and even seems like was posing from photos.
“I was walking in the mountains looking for nice landscapes for my travel photography when out of nowhere I saw this adorable animal.”
Like something out of a whimsical Christmas tale, people are always fascinated by these adorable white animals. Although we are seeing them for a long time still we believe they have mysterious enchanting powers. We have so many myths and superstitions surrounding them.
Also, we have piles of movies and books about a white deer have mystical powers. They bring luck and fortune to them who spot them. One such interesting book is Kudu by writer Peter Flack. In this book, there was a legend that curses a hunter for killing a white deer. The Hunter had a stroke of bad luck for a long time.
The 24-year-old wildlife photographer said:
“He came very close to me, and we looked at each other straight in the eyes,” he recalled, “After some minutes the mother of the white deer came out of trees just behind. It walked around for some minutes before running back to its mother. It was very magical and a fairy tale moment.”
Why white baby reindeer fur color is white?
Some are what’s known as leucistic. Albino animals cannot produce any pigment, while leucistic animals lose pigment, but can still create it. That could be why this reindeer has black eyes. Albino animals tend to have pink eyes, from blood vessels that are seen behind colorless irises.
Those white reindeer, which are not albino; tend to have an uncommon genetic mutation that tears their fur of pigment. People who live in different adjacent parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia, believe a white reindeer is a sign of luck.
Scientists believe some animal’s fur turns white in the winter to better blend in with the snow and avoid predators. White fur also allows for more space between hair, which helps with insulation to keep animals warmer.
Dr. Nicholas Tyler from the University of Tromso is an expert in the wildlife of Norway. According to him white reindeer are rare in winter but can be easily found in summer. But Seeing a white calf is extremely rare and indeed needs the luck to stop. The white baby reindeer generally born in May. So this baby reindeer could be just a few months old.
If you don’t have time you can watch this video (Albino or something else? Here’s why some animals get white fur) by Washington post which explains almost everything.
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