I'm Dreaming of a White Christ-MOOSE: Rare White Moose Spotted in Sweden

A white moose with a rare genetic condition that gives its fur no pigment has been spotted in Sweden. Roger Brendhagen, 52, caught a glimpse of the moose during a walk through the countryside near Värmland. The wildlife photographer said he was delighted to come across the animal, as only 30 white moose live in the area. The moose's lack of color doesn't come from albinism but is the result of a recessive gene that can cause the animal to grow white fur with specs of brown, or - in rare cases - an entirely white coat. The condition is known as piebaldism and has also been seen in moose in Alaska and Canada. Unlike albinism, piebaldism sees an animal losing its pigment in fur, feathers or scales but not in its eyes. The animal can become lighter, partly white or completely white in color, but the eyes, beak and claws often have normal pigmentation, in contrast to albinism.