Rare white elephant born in Myanmar

A rare white elephant has been born in western Myanmar, state media saidon August 3, unveiling what many in the Buddhist-majority country believed to be an auspicious creature.

Born last month in western Rakhine state, the baby weighs about 80kg and stands roughly 70cm (two-and-a-half feet) tall, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

The Global New Light said the baby possessed seven of the eight characteristics associated with rare white elephants.

“Pearl-coloured eyes, plantain branch-shaped back, white hair, a distinctive tail, auspicious plots signs on the skin, five claws on the front legs and four on the back legs and big ears, the newspaper reported.

Historically, white elephants were considered extremely auspicious in Southeast Asian culture, and the region’s ancient rulers acquired as many as they could boost their fortunes.

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