Rare footage of a white moose was caught on tape in Värmland, Sweden, and is circulating in online publications and social media.
The male moose was reportedly grazing by the roadside for 20 minutes, seemingly unbothered by the people who stopped to watch it. As a rare treat, the moose was even captured taking a swim.
Though the moose is completely white, it is (most likely) not an albino which means it lacks any pigment. A genetic variation causes moose with white (and even spotted) fur to occur naturally.
It is, however, quite uncommon.
In Sweden, the white moose population is estimated to consist of about 100 individuals, which can be compared to the total Swedish moose population of 300,000 to 400,000. About half of the white moose are concentrated in the region of western Värmland. So if you’re keen for a white moose safari, that’s where you should head.
According to Hans Nilsson, who filmed the animal, locals say it’s about eight years old. Less than 5% of male individuals are estimated to reach that age – and having white fur certainly doesn’t make it easier to avoid the hunters.
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