One day, Nicole Leblanc and her husband Maurice, a couple from northern Ontario, Canada, were driving to Foleyet when they witnessed an astonishing sight. It was a quiet morning, and traffic was easy on Canada Highway 101 when suddenly Nicole saw two beautiful creatures ahead.
A rare pair of white moose was crossing the highway right in front of this couple, who didn’t look at these beauties. Thankfully, they captured the rare sight on camera, and the footage went viral. “Everybody was surprised,” the couple said. “It’s not every day you see it and I get to record it… it’s a beauty to see!”
While sightings of white moose are fairly common in Canada, you’re always in luck when you come across these special creatures, also known as “spirit” or “ghost” moose. Apparently, unlikely white moose has been discovered in the northern wilderness. These two – first spotted in 2018 – do not have albinism as originally thought.
It turns out that their snow-white coat is due to a recessive gene called Armstrong White Gene Strain. That causes albinism rather than albinism. That leads to a partial loss of skin pigmentation. Either way, a white moose is always a sight to behold.
You can watch this unique encounter below!
Thankfully, in Canada, it is illegal to hunt white moose. Since 1997, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation prohibits the hunt of a more than 50% white moose.