A white moose kindly poses for a few stunning photos in his natural surroundings. Can you guess what the cause of his coloration is?
Photographer Johan Brunzell shared some beautiful pictures of a moose that will leave you breathless.
Moose, the largest member of the deer family, can have the same genetic issues of coloration as many of the other ruminant species.
It’s not all that common, but they can be an albino or have the ‘piebald’ effect.
In between the two is a condition known as leucism, which results from a defect in pigment cells during development.
Albinos or creatures with albinism, often mistaken for leucism, are usually typified by having a reduction melanin production.
Some albino animals are purely white, but some display a pale yellow color.
The common question among naturalists and outdoorsmen who see this in deer and other animals is: Does it have red eyes?
Albinos typically show eyes as red or pink due to the lack of melanin, which is visible through their underlying blood vessels.
Leucism is a result of a creature’s pigments cells failing to develop.
Partial leucism or ‘pied’ effect occurs when patches of the body surface have cells lacking in pigment production creating what we know as ‘piebald.’
While this bull looks to have normal eyes and by all appearances seems to be healthy, it is almost completely white.
No doubt that this moose seems to be enjoying his day in front of the camera!
In this day and age of digital media, instant news and gratification, and the judgment that goes along with it we have to ask ourselves the question: if you had a proper permit and were legally hunting, would you harvest such a rare animal?
Many of us would not.
Sportsmen are also conservationists and know better than many, who can’t get into the woods and forests as much and as often as they do, the power and beauty of nature and what it means to make sure it’s always there for future generations.
Photos courtesy of Johan Brunzell/Facebook