Earlier this week, a white Swedish moose was caught on camera, wandering through a stream in the Värmland region in the south west part of the country. It’s a rare sight, even for a region that’s full of moose. In fact, there are only about 100 white moose living in the world today.
Why white? According to National Geographic:
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.