In a series of enchanting wintry snapshots, an exceedingly rare sight unfolded as a white baby reindeer seemed to melt into the snowy landscape.
Despite its remarkable camouflage, this endearing all-white deer displayed no signs of shyness as it graciously assumed a ‘photogenic’ pose against the backdrop of the Northern Norwegian mountains.
Photographer Mads Nordsveen, hailing from Oslo, Norway, found himself on a hiking adventure with friends when this almost mythical creature came into his view.
At just 24 years old, he recounted the extraordinary encounter, saying, “I was strolling through the mountains in search of captivating landscapes for my travel photography when, out of the blue, I spotted this wondrous little creature. It approached me closely, and we locked eyes in a moment of profound connection. The deer remained remarkably relaxed, sensing my calm and friendly presence. It was almost as if it willingly posed for my camera.”
He continued: “The deer displayed tremendous curiosity and playfulness, akin to a little explorer. After a few minutes, the baby reindeer’s mother emerged from the nearby trees. It gracefully wandered about for a while before eventually returning to its mother. The entire encounter felt incredibly magical, like a scene from a fairy tale.
Perhaps, one day, our paths will cross again.”
White reindeer possess a rare genetic mutation that causes their fur to lack pigmentation, allowing them to seamlessly blend into their snowy environment.
It’s important to note that they are not albinos, as their eyes and occasionally their antlers still retain dark pigmentation.
Source: White Wolf Pack