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A rare white moose was just spotted in Canada

A white moose might sound like an excellent cocktail made with coffee liqueur, but it turns out that the animal really does exist — and one has been running around Canada recently.

Ontario resident Whitney Jardine shared some footage of the majestic white moose that she saw just outside of Foleyet, Ont. on July 11.

"Many years spent driving the Chapleau-Timmins highway every weekend for swimming practices when I was young, knew it was around," Jardine wrote in the Facebook post.

She added that this was the first time that she's actually spotted the rare white moose.

Nicknamed a "spirit moose," a white moose gets its colour from a genetic mutation called leucism, which causes reduced pigmentation in the hair and skin.

The condition is different than albinism, which would result in no melanin at all and the moose's eyes being red.

According to Mi'kmaq tradition, a white moose can also be an ancestor returning in the form of a sacred animal to warn communities about something significant that's going to happen soon.

white mooseFortunately, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) prohibits the hunting of white moose, so it seems the little fella can continue to run around Ontario uninterrupted.

On the topic of rare animals, Canadians have also spotted a pink whale, bright blue lobsters and even a grizzly bear with a white head in the last month.

In Canada, you just never know what you might see.

Lead photo by

Whitney Jardine

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