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Rare white reindeer spotted in Norway

A photographer made recordings of a rare white reindeer while walking with friends in Norway.

The friendly beast was not shy to have his picture taken, posing for Mads Nordsveen and his friends in the snow-covered mountains in Oslo.

The 24-year-old travel photographer often looks for unique photo opportunities and was amazed at how relaxed the baby reindeer was around the hikers.

“He came very close to me and we looked each other straight in the eye,” Nordsveen told Ladbible.

“When he saw that I was calm and friendly, it was almost as if he was posing for the camera.”

The youngster played with Mr. Nordsveen and his friends for a while before returning to his mother who was waiting at the edge of the forest.

While darker reindeer are often associated with Christmas (think of Rudolph and the rest of Santa’s crew), the rare white reindeer fur is due to a genetic mutation that removes pigment from its fur.

In some Scandinavian traditions, observing a white reindeer is a sign of happiness.

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