Occasionally there is an opportunity to take in a piece of nature that you may never see. In these days of unrest and turmoil it is great to see that Mother Nature can still produce some wondrous beauty.
The odds of seeing an albino moose are astronomical and to see two of them together is nearly impossible. You will probably never have a chance to see this rare sight again. This is a special treat, so enjoy the shot of a lifetime.
See the double trouble below:
Despite the animal’s all-white appearance, it’s coloring does not result from albinism, a congenital condition that results in a loss of pigmentation. Cases of albinism in animals and in people result in light or pinkish colored eyes.
Moose with bright white fur more commonly obtain this feature from a recessive gene that causes the animal to grow white with specks of brown—a condition referred to as piebald. This is also seen in the Spirit bear (read more here)
Göran Ericsson is a professor of elk and moose for the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He explained that, while the condition is rare, he sees news of white moose surface every year, and it’s possible the prevalence of these ghostly animals is increasing.
See an amazing shot of the white Swedish moose below:
According to Ericsson, moose in Scandinavia face few predators—except for humans.
“Hunters have chosen to not kill any moose that are light,” said Ericsson. In other words, with white moose being effectively protected, natural selection might be making the condition more common.
“It is kind of like dog breeding,” he noted. “They [hunters] choose to select for traits that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred.”
Without an official database of white moose in the region, however, it can’t be definitively said that white moose are becoming more common.
White moose have also been spotted in Alaska and Canada. These North American regions are also home to more abundant predators like wolves and bears, and it’s unknown if the animals’ white fur puts them at a disadvantage when trying to camouflage into the forest.
In Canada, hunters are prohibited from killing moose that are more than 50 percent white in color.