Rare ‘spirit moose’ mother and calf surprise Canadian couple

Rare ‘spirit moose’ mother and calf surprise Canadian couple

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Rare ‘spirit moose’ mother and calf surprise Canadian couple

Nicole Leblanc and her husband were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to witness the rare sighting of a “spirit moose” mother and calf crossing the highway in front of them in Ontario, Canada.

They were driving on Highway 101 about 15 minutes outside of Foleyet on Saturday afternoon when the surprise encounter of the two all-white moose occurred.

“My husband has been hunting for years and it’s the first time he’s ever seen albinos,” Leblanc told CTV News.

The moose are not albinos, however. Their white coats are the result of a recessive gene strain called the Armstrong White Gene Strain, which is named after Jane Armstrong who discovered white moose in Foleyet more than 40 years ago, according to Northern Ontario Travel.

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“People are amazed,” Leblanc told CTV News. “It’s not every day that you get to see it and I was able to tape it. It’s a beauty to see.”

To protect the white moose population, the province prohibited the hunting of predominantly white-colored moose in areas of Foleyet, Timmins and Chapleau under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act of 1997.

Photo is a screen grab from the video.

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