What’s so special about a white elephant?

The expression “white elephant” refers to a gift, typically cumbersome and large in size, that is difficult to dispose of and exorbitantly expensive to maintain. Like, say, something that eats 200 to 600 pounds of food in a single day. Legend holds that the king of Siam would bestow white elephants upon his wilier courtiers, […]

Myanmar captures 9th rare white elephant

YANGON: Myanmar’s forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country’s western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said on Sunday. The 7-year-old female was captured on Friday, six weeks after it was initially spotted in a reserve in Pathein township, forestry official Tun Tun Oo said. It’s the ninth white elephant […]

Extinction stalks Myanmar’s forests

Ashen earth strewn with the limbs of once-mighty trees is all that is left of the fearsome forest in central Myanmar that Wa Tote remembers from her youth. “We would only dare enter in a big group. The forest was deep and had many wild animals. Now we cannot even find a tree’s shadow to […]