Rare Moose Sighting in Backyard Leaves Internet Baffled: Unveiling the Extraordinary Encounter

Discover the internet sensation: a uniquely piebald moose spotted in Hallingdal, Norway, captivating social media with its rare genetic beauty.
The extremely rare moose which was spotted by a man in his backyard' left the internet baffled.
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A man, Thomas Mørch, perplexes the internet with his discovery of a moose exhibiting a rare genetic mutation in his “backyard” in Hallingdal, Norway. Thomas, amused by the animal’s appearance, likens it to a cow, not the expected deer. Informed by a friend, he captures striking images of the moose’s unique grey and white fur and vivid blue eyes.

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The man who saw the extremely rare moose in his backyard' left the internet baffled.
Thomas Mørch. (Picture: Jam Press)

Sharing the photos on Instagram, Thomas notes, “The patches on the moose are due to ‘piebaldism’,” Thomas told NeetToKnow.co.uk.

Thomas elaborates on the genetic mutation, stating, “This is a genetic mutation affecting pigmentation, which can also affect domesticated animals, such as horses, dogs, and cattle.” Highlighting that it involves melanin-forming cells in the skin and hair, he notes its occurrence in humans.

The extremely rare moose which was spotted by a man in his backyard' left the internet baffled.
(Close up) The unusual-looking moose. (Picture: Jam Press)

Informed by a friend, Thomas, skilled in documenting wildlife, shares his initial reaction, “My first thought was to laugh. I asked my friend, ‘What is this? It reminds me of a cow.’ We laughed together, and I just shot these pictures smiling like it was a dream.”

The photographer’s social media post stirred reactions, with some suggesting the moose appeared AI-generated. Comments ranged from astonishment to admiration for nature’s beauty.

One user expressed disbelief, stating, “Looks very AI generated to me,”

A social media user reacts to the unusual-looking moose spotted by Thomas in his ‘backyard’.
A social media user reacts to the unusual-looking moose. (Picture: Jam Press)

while another questioned, “What the hell.”

A third marveled at nature, noting, “Nature is so amazing new generations think it’s so perfect that only can be AI…”

A social media user reacts to the unusual-looking moose spotted by Thomas in his ‘backyard’.
A social media user reacts to the unusual-looking moose. (Picture: Jam Press)

Amidst varied opinions, a user appreciated the animal’s aesthetics, saying, “Looks unreal in the snow. [I] hope it will be allowed to live in peace.”

Scientifically, animal piebaldism is defined by white patches and blue eyes, as per Science Direct.

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