Belfast Telegraph

Monday 29 December 2014

Junta hails white elephant capture

A captured rare white elephant walks in Rakhine state, north-western Burma (AP)
A captured rare white elephant walks in Rakhine state, north-western Burma (AP)

Burma's state-controlled press has hailed the capture of a rare white elephant as a good sign for the upcoming elections.

The New Light of Myanmar reported on its front page that the elephant was found on Thursday. It is only the fifth white elephant seen and caught in ten years.

The paper, which serves as a mouthpiece of the ruling junta, hailed the elephant's capture as an omen that the country will be peaceful and its people will enjoy greater prosperity and progress.

The paper suggested that the find was "auspicious" and heralded peaceful and successful elections.

The polls are scheduled for November 7.

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