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

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

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