Rare White Elephant born in Myanmar | Daily News

Rare White Elephant born in Myanmar

The white elephant born in Myanmar’s  Rakhine State.
The white elephant born in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

MYANMAR: A rare white elephant has been born in western Myanmar, state media said on Wednesday. Born last month in western Rakhine state, the baby weighs about 80 kilogrammes (180 pounds) and stands roughly 70 cm (two-and-a-half feet) tall, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

Footage released by state TV showed the tusker tot following his mother to a river and being washed by its keepers, and later feeding from her.

The mother -- a 33-year-old called Zar Nan Hla -- is kept by the Myanma Timber Enterprise in Rakhine state, the Global New Light said, adding the baby possessed seven of the eight characteristics associated with rare white elephants.

“Pearl-coloured eyes, plantain branch-shaped back, white hair, a distinctive tail, auspicious plot signs on the skin, five claws on the front legs and four on the back legs and big ears,” the newspaper reported.

Social media users first posted about the birth of the elephant -- which has not been named yet -- late last month.

Historically, white elephants were considered extremely auspicious in Southeast Asian culture, and the region’s ancient rulers acquired as many as they could to boost their fortunes. - NDTV

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