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Rare white elephant birth in Burma

A rare white elephant, regarded by many in the Buddhist country as a sign of good luck, was born in late July in western Myanmar, state media reported on Wednesday.

The newborn pachyderm was born on July 23 in Rakhine state and weighed almost 80 kg at birth, and his height was about 70 centimeters, according to Global New Light of Myanmar.

According to the official daily newspaper, he has seven of the eight characteristics associated with albino elephants, including “pearl eyes”, “white coat” and “distinctive tail”.

Her 33-year-old mother, Zar Nan Hla, is being cared for by a state-owned logging company.

In the footage, broadcast by the state channel, a baby elephant, who has not yet been named, plays in the water with his mother.

The very rare white elephants are considered an auspicious stone in some Southeast Asian Buddhist cultures, who associate them with royal symbols.

Six people are being held captive in the capital, Naypyidaw, mainly from Rakhine and Ayeyarwaddy (south) states, according to state media.

On social media, some comments were skeptical in the context of the escalating tensions in Burma, which plunged into chaos after the February 1, 2021 military coup and the ensuing crackdown on opponents by the junta.

“Am I colorblind or is the elephant just gray to me?” one of them asked, and the other said, “Now the poor elephant will have to go to jail.”

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