Life in Sweden

The White Moose

white mooseYou didn’t know there are white moose, did you? No wonder if you didn’t, it doesn’t exist more than 100, maybe 150, and they all live in Värmland.

They’re not albinos – albinism is a defect and albinos usually do not live long enough to have offspring – these babies are leucistic, i.e. they have a genetic mutation which makes them white. Brown moose cows can get white calfs and white cows may have brown calfs. The mutation seems to have occurred about 100 years ago in western Värmland. The first reports talk about one lonely white bull who was roaming around in the vicinity of Eda and Köla, 100 years ago, and it’s his offspring that now is counted with three digits.

Imagine yourself in a Swedish summer night, seeing a 500 kg moose bull that slowly comes out into the open, from the shadows in the forest. That’s a powerful experience.

Maybe it’s not quite accurate to call a 500 kg moose a “baby”, but they’re beautiful,don’t you think? I feel like I’d like to pet this one’s muzzle and feel his beard… but if I got that close I’d be dead, of course.

The wild picture comes from http://utefoto-tommyjohansson.blogspot.se. white moose sweden

The preservation status of this strain is threatened… some hunters refuse to kill white moose, others claim that they should all be killed. By the way, if you happen to come close to Dalsland Center, in Håverud, just a few miles south of the border to Värmland, there is a stuffed white moose on display.

4 Comments

  1. October 21, 2012 at 00:10 — Reply

    White moose? That’s something different, but I like it.

  2. Hi Thomas,
    I came across the wonderful picture of the white moose and I’m wondering if you know who took the picture. The National Wildlife Federation would like to share it and credit the photographer.

    Thanks, Debbie Anderson

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Thomas is a retired IT professional, who lives alone with his golden retriever Ziggy Stardust in a small townhouse in a small town in the southern half of Sweden. He has two grown-up kids and at least five grandkids – "as far as I know".


Thomas enjoys daily long walks with Ziggy in the forests around town, he loves cooking for his guests, and he likes to make things with his hands. He says he loves good food, good wine, people who smile and make him smile.

Having spent most of his life developing things, methods and organizations, he's passionately interested in all kinds of technology, natural science, politics,... anything that raises a problem, whether it can be solved or not. Consequently, he is consistently short of time.

While he was professionally active, he lived in San Francisco a few years, working as software engineer down in Silicon Valley. He claims that he did leave his heart in San Francisco, and is constantly planning to go back and pick it up. Quoting Hoagy Carmichael's Hong Kong Blues, he says "... every time I try to leave, sweet opium won't let me fly away... ...i.e. my opium is Sweden, my kids, my dog, my friends, my forest,... you know, I'm Swedish."