YANGON, Myanmar — A rare white elephant has been captured in the jungles of northwestern Myanmar, a mostly Buddhist country where the animals are considered good omens, state media reported yesterday.
Forestry officials found the animal Saturday, acting on a tip, in the jungles of northwestern Rakhine state, the New Light of Myanmar reported, describing the elephant as about 38 years old and 7 feet 4 inches tall.
White elephants, actually albinos, have for centuries been revered in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, and other Asian nations. They were normally kept and pampered by monarchs and considered a symbol of royal power and prosperity.
The elephants are not necessarily white. They can look similar to other elephants except for certain features like fair eyelashes and toenails, light-colored hair, or a reddish hue to the skin.
It will be the fourth white elephant held in captivity in Myanmar.