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Two rare white reindeer are born in Wales’ largest herd

The two young calves have been born at a farm in Swansea (Picture: Cover Images)

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 country’s biggest herd at the venue in Swansea.

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.

Tiny white baby reindeer born at Christmas tree farm in Swansea

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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.

**VIDEO AVAILABLE. CONTACT INFO@COVERMG.COM TO RECEIVE** As white as snow, two adorable, rare, white reindeer calfs have been born at Gower Fresh Christmas Trees, Poundffald Farm in Swansea. Although these reindeer have been born white, they are not albino. A rare genetic mutation causes the fur to be striped of its pigment therefore causing the reindeer to have white coats. Some Scandinavian traditions believe spotting a white reindeer to be a sign of good luck, riches and eternal happiness. Date images taken 16/05/2021 Where: Swansea, United Kingdom When: 16 May 2021 Credit: Joann Randles/Cover-Images.com **All usages and enquiries, please contact info@cover-images.com - +44 (0)20 3397 3000Editorial Use Only**

The youngster sticks his tongue out at eager photographers (Picture: Cover Images)
The animals are not albino but have a rare genetic condition (Picture: Cover Images)
The reindeer takes some relaxing time out after a hard day drinking milk (Picture: Cover Images)
Up to his old tricks again (Picture: Cover Images)
The calf takes a stroll through the 20 acre farm (Picture: Cover Images)

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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