The animal has no pigment in its coat, which makes it too visible in the woods and therefore vulnerable.
Roger Brandhagen, a 52-year-old Swedish photographer, was walking in the countryside when he stumbled upon a snow-white elk quite by accident, the Daily Mail reports.
“I’ve met thousands of moose in my life, but when I met this guy in the Swedish woods, I almost lost my mind, but thank God I didn’t lose my camera,” – the photographer said. He managed to get a few pictures and noted that this was his first encounter with an elk of such rare coloration.
There are about thirty white moose in Sweden.
Their lack of pigment makes them very visible in the forest and much more vulnerable than their counterparts of ordinary color.
It is a great luck and a dream of any wildlife photographer to meet them.
It is noted that elk of similar coloration are also found in Alaska and Canada.