Wednesday, 16 Jun 2021

Two rare white reindeer are born in Wales' largest herd

Two adorable white reindeer calves have been born at a farm in Wales.

The rare pair, who are not albino, are now part of the what the Swansea venue say is the country’s biggest herd.

They have an unusual genetic mutation which causes the fur to be stripped of its pigment, giving them their distinctive white coats.

In the animals’ native Scandinavia, some believe spotting a white reindeer to be a sign of good luck, riches and eternal happiness.

The pair, born at Gower Fresh Christmas Trees, Poundffald Farm, are seen looking relaxed in pictures, with one even sticking its tongue out.

They are both said to be doing ‘really well’.

One of the two, a boy, is in a competition to be named and adopted – with well over 300 suggestions made so far.

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In a video from the farm on Monday, he was seen sat down feeding on the grass next to his Mum.  

The other was seen following their mother, though it is unclear whether the youngster is male or female.

Reindeers will pool parental duties and feed each others’ babies their milk when necessary, the farm explained in the footage of the youngsters.

They are two of five calves recently born on the site.

They are not the first white reindeers on the farm and join a herd of nearly 40, some of whom have lived at the farm for over 14 years.

The farm describes the herd as ‘very much part of the family’ and say they roam freely and happily in more than 20 acres.

Scandanavian moss, which the reindeer feed on, is imported for the herd.

Gower Fresh Christmas Trees has been contacted for comment.

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