Myanmar captures rare white elephant


Female white elephants in the Royal White Elephant Garden in the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, July 2, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Female white elephants in the Royal White Elephant Garden in the outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, July 2, 2013. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA 

Myanmar says it has found a rare, white elephant in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region, according to the Associated Press on March 1.

Forestry official U Tun Tun Oo said The 7-year-old female was captured by his department on February 27. This was a month and a half after it was initially spotted in a forest reserve in Pathein township.

White elephants, actually albinos, have for centuries been revered in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and other Asian nations.

Myanmar reportedly has eight white elephants in captivity, five of them in Nay Pyi Taw Zoo and three in Yangon Zoo. Most of them originate from the Ayeyarwaddy region.

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