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man from Norway has photographed rare white reindeer calf while on walk in north of his country. Mads Nordsveen, 24, from Norway's capital city Oslo, was hiking in mountains at weekend. While walking through the snow, he spotted smallish white animal and realized it was reindeer. Mr Nordsveen said creature was so white, "he almost disappeared into the snow". Nordsveen described experience as being "magical" and like a "fairy tale". He said: " reindeer came to me very close and we looked into each other's eyes. He was very calm when he saw that I did not have bad intentions. He behaved as if he was posing for my photos. He was very little explorer."

The photograph of reindeer calf has gone viral on social media. It has been liked over 30,000 times since Nordsveen uploaded it on Monday. It is good luck in Scandinavian countries to see white reindeer. Many people think it is good timing as Christmas is coming. According to folklore, Santa Claus' sleigh is pulled by eight flying reindeer. They help Santa to deliver presents to good children on Christmas Eve. However, Santa's reindeer are usually brown. white reindeer is very rare. Their unusual appearance is caused by genetic condition that removes colour from their fur. People can mistake such reindeer for being albino, but this is not case. In USA, reindeer are known as caribou.

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