Rare white elephant caught in Myanmar

YANGON, June 29 (AFP) – A rare white elephant, historically considered an omen of political change, has been captured in the west of Myanmar, state media reported Tuesday.

The female pachyderm was captured by officials on Saturday in the coastal town of Maungtaw in Rakhine state, the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said.

A photo illustration of a boy making offerings to an elephant at a Buddhist shrine. (AFP files)

She is aged about 38 and seven feet four inches (more than two metres) tall, the English-language paper said, although it did not mention where she would be kept.

Kings and leaders in Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, have traditionally treasured white elephants, whose rare appearances in the country are believed to herald political change.

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