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Rare white reindeer captured by Norwegian photographer

Leeanna McLean
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 2:48 PM - We have seen white lobsters, moose, whales, giraffes and catfish. And now thanks to travel photographer Mads Nordsveen and the power of social media, we can add white reindeer to the list.

The 24-year-old Norwegian was in northern Norway visiting Tromsø and the island of Senja with a group of friends to capture photos of the frozen landscape.

"The last day, we got eye on this little reindeer," Nordsveen told The Weather Network.

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According to the photographer, the local Sami people -- the northernmost indigenous people of Europe -- told Nordsveen that in Sami tradition the rare animal is a sign of happiness.

"The calf seemed a bit scared at first, but we sat completely quiet and were very calm, and eventually it came quite close," he said.

"He almost disappeared into the snow," Nordsveen posted on Instagram.

Despite their appearance, white reindeer are not actually albino as they lack pink eyes and noses, which are distinctive of albinism.

Their snowy white covering is caused by a genetic mutation that strips the pigment from their fur.

SOURCE: Caters News Agency 

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