Scandinavian traditions say that spotting a white reindeer is considered a sign of good luck. Here's some virtual luck for you!
A Norwegian photographer got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity when he stumbled upon a rare sight while hiking with friends. He spotted a white reindeer calf in the mountains of northern Norway and immediately captured some mesmerizing photos. Mads Nordsveen, 24, from Oslo, encapsulated the magnificent creature that almost disappeared as it blended against the white snow. According to BBC, Nordsveen said, "He came to me very close and we looked into each other's eyes. He was very calm when he saw that I did not have bad intentions. He behaved as if he was posing for my photos... he was very curious and funny, like a little explorer."
The photographer shared images of the beautiful animal on his Instagram page with the caption: Back to the cold north. Met this white little reindeer in northern Norway. He almost disappeared into the snow! Nordsveen described the encounter as 'very magical' and a 'fairytale moment.' Scandinavian traditions say that spotting a white reindeer is considered a sign of good luck. Soon after posing for the photographer, the reindeer slipped away a few moments later, most likely to reunite with his mother at the edge of the forest.
White reindeer are extremely rare to spot. In 2016, a white stag was reported in Mala, Sweden, the New York Daily News reported. It is highly likely that you think this is a result of albinism, but surprisingly, it isn't. The surreal appearance of the reindeer calf is actually caused by a genetic condition that saps the pigment from their fur. Users online were quick to share their awe of the beautiful creature. A user named Eliana tweeted: As in a fanciful Christmas tale, an extremely rare white reindeer baby was recently seen in Oslo, Norway, by photographer Mads Nordsveen. Simply enchanting.
As in a fanciful Christmas tale, an extremely rare white reindeer baby was recently seen in Oslo, Norway, by photographer Mads Nordsveen. Simply enchanting. 🐾 pic.twitter.com/aaA8WIvBhd— Eliana რ (@Elianasp2425) December 12, 2019
Commenting on the photographs taken by Nordsveen, user matteroffactmichelle wrote: You better get ready for your blessings to start... This is a good omen. ristadesign added: He must have walked in through a portal from a parallel universe ♥️i totally envy you! jonathanbeswick posted: What a beautiful animal. It would've been best to keep that one to yourself because it’s a rare animal you’ve basically put a note on the reindeer saying “poachers come and shoot me” by posting this. hlmaria7 also shared: There are so many beautiful creatures that we still and maybe never will see in our lives. This is like a gift sent from heaven so that we could appreciate nature!
White reindeer are very special to me, I had white reindeer with golden horns in my novel "In Stone's Clasp." You could weave magic from their fur, and they were much more than they appeared to be. https://t.co/6By94iDKz2— Christie Golden (@ChristieGolden) April 23, 2019
Other users even began sharing pictures of other white reindeer along with snippets of their own experiences. User Christie Golden shared: White reindeer are very special to me, I had white reindeer with golden horns in my novel "In Stone's Clasp." You could weave magic from their fur, and they were much more than they appeared to be. Surprisingly, white reindeers aren't the only anomalies that have been spotted—there are white moose too. One user even shared a video of a white moose casually crossing the road. They tweeted: I had a white elephant, a white reindeer and now, white moose. Take your time, buddy. The world truly is a marvelous place, isn't it?
I had a white elephant, a white reindeer and now, white moose.— 𝗞𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝘆𝗻𝗲 quarantined in Las Vegas (@vipkatelayne) May 29, 2019
Take your time, buddy. pic.twitter.com/CuZurt9ARL