A man from the small town of Eda, Sweden has captured video of one of Mother Nature’s most rare and beautiful creatures: the white moose.
Hans Nilsson has been on a three-year quest to shoot video of the white moose, or elk as they are known in Europe. He’s spotted the elusive creature before, but last week Friday, he was finally able to take video of the large creature that looks as white as a snowstorm.
“I saw it the evening before too, that was the first time,” Nilsson explains. “On Friday evening when I shot the video everything fell into place, the location, the light, and the calmness. It was an experience to meet such a stately animal up close.”
There is an estimate 400,000 moose in Sweden. However, it’s believed only 100 of them are white like the one in Nilsson’s video. Of those 100, some suffer from albinism, but most have a gene mutation that causes white fur. The moose in the video is believed to be the latter kind.
As you can see, even the antlers of the moose are white, making it one of the world’s most unique and distinct creatures.
The people of Sweden have been so taken aback by the white moose that hunters have made the choice not to shoot them, which has led to an increase in the population of moose with this genetic mutation.
“Hunters have chosen to not kill any moose that are light,” explains Göran Ericsson, a professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. “It is kind of like dog breeding. They choose to select for traits that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred.”
Moose in Sweden have no other predators aside from humans. So, if the hunters are going to threaten white moose, there may be plenty of more opportunities for people like Nilsson to capture this unique animal on camera for the world to see.