A Rare White Elephant Found In Myanmar
A rare white elephant was found in the jungles of the western Ayeyarwaddy region.
White elephants, actually albinos, have for centuries been revered in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and other Asian countries.
Often pinkish in color, with fair eyelashes and toenails, the animals were normally kept and pampered by monarchs as a symbol of royal power and prosperity .
Many people still believe they bring good luck to the country.
Myanmar has eight white elephants in captivity, most from the Ayeyarwaddy region. Five are now in the zoo in the capital and the other three in Rangoon.
The capture of wild elephants for domestic use has become a threat to wild populations. India, Vietnam, and Burma have banned capture in order to conserve their wild herds.