Rare white moose caught on camera in Sweden

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Aug. 14, 2017 at 11:53 AM
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Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A Swedish man who spotted a rare white moose returned the next day and managed to capture video of the creature taking a dip in a local lake.

Hans Nilsson said he has been trying to catch a glimpse of the rumored white moose -- sometimes known as an elk in Sweden -- in the Eda region for several years, but he never actually found one until last week.

Nilsson posted a video to Facebook showing his second encounter with the alabaster moose, one day after his original sighting.

"This white elk bull is local to the area. I saw it the evening before too, that was the first time. On Friday evening when I shot the video everything fell into place, the location, the light and the calmness," Nilsson told The Local.

"It was an experience to meet such a stately animal up close," he said.

There are believed to be about 50 white moose in western Varmland. The animals are believed to receive their color from a genetic trait and are not albino.

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