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Enchantingly Rare All-White Reindeer Spotted on the Side of a Road in Sweden

Elusive Caribou Sighting In Sweden

There are always outliers in nature—anomalies that don’t seem real. The all-white reindeer is one oddity that takes you by surprise because it’s a far cry from the creature’s typical dark-brown fur. One of these elusive caribou, antlers and all, was recently spotted roaming Malå, Sweden in early September. Redditor nlsoy posted the picture of the colorless reindeer on the side of the road, but this is a serendipitous spotting—this variation is very rare.

The cause of the all-white fur could be from a genetic mutation that strips the pigmentation from the hair. Despite the lack of color, this creature is not an albino because it doesn't have red eyes—a tell-tale characteristic. Nsloy’s post, rather, showcases an enchanting creature who perfectly blends in with the snow. Check out some more of these magical-seeming caribou, below.

Above photo source: Reddit

White Reindeer Is An Enchanting Creature
Photo source: MooseOnTheLoose

Oddity Of All-White Reindeer Spotting
Photo credit: Martin Jendrichowski<

Very Rare All- White Reindeer
Photo credit: Hamid Sardar-Afkhami

via [Twisted Sifter, reddit]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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