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OSLO, Norway - A Norwegian photographer captured stunning photos of a rare baby white reindeer during a hike in northern Norway.
The photos by Oslo-based photographer Mads Nordsveen were taken after a chance encounter with the calf on the last day of his trip, Nordsveen told ABC news.
Photographer Mads Nordsveen met a white reindeer baby in Northern Norway, which is arguably true. pic.twitter.com/jkkhAI3HrS— hard work (@hardwork0happy) December 5, 2018
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“The local Sami people we talked to told us that these white animals are so unique that in Sami tradition they bring happiness. The calf seemed a bit scared at first, but we sat completely quiet and were very calm and eventually it came quite close,” the 24-year-old said in an interview with ABC.
White reindeer get their striking color from a genetic mutation that causes their fur to lose its pigment.