Thursday, November 10, 2011


Do any of you elephant expert's have any thoughts on what is going on with this elephants breasts?

August 16, 2010

THE white elephant captured in Rakhine State in late June was last week unveiled in Nay Pyi Taw and will reside there in a specially built “White Elephant House” beside Uppatasanti Pagoda.

The female white elephant, named Bhaddavati, or “one who is endowed with goodness”, arrived with two other adult elephants on August 9 and “visited the pagoda clockwise”, state media reported.

After a formal naming ceremony the elephants were sprinkled with scented water and installed in their new home.

The state-run New Light of Myanmar reported on August 10 the pachyderms were “living happily … on sacred ground of Uppatasanti Pagoda”, a replica of Yangon’s Shwedagon completed last year.

The 3600-square-foot elephant house has been built in the traditional Myanmar architectural style and the 10-acre compound also features grassland and viewing areas, engineers said.

The compound contains two pools with fountains, two dams, a bathing pond with a fountain, a sugarcane plantation, a medical centre and a feed store.

State-run media announced in late June the female elephant had been caught by elephant capturers from the Department of Forestry and Myanma Timber Enterprise on June 26 in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw township.

The elephant, which was part of a herd of four, is 7 feet and 4 inches (2.23 metres) tall with a girth of 10 feet and 11 inches (3.33m), the report said.

Forestry Department officials in Maungdaw township told The Myanmar Times last month the “clever” white elephant had “become quite docile and tame within a comparatively short period of time”.

“It is so clever that it gestures for food whenever a man comes close. It lets people rub its body or trunk in a playful way. It took nearly four months to train a normal elephant to become tame and amicable to this degree,” an official said.


Anonymous said...

I'll have a stab at it.After cows calve and depending on how many they have had,the teat(breast) never assumes its' former state.Also just like us they all look different.It does look odd from the camera angle but she isn't standing square on either.Nice pics.

Wade G. Burck said...

While I will defer to your experience with elephant cow's who have produced calves, I don't know if that is the case. Initially that was my first thought, but on second thought as you say, "how many calves could she have had?" None since she was captured as we have to assume we would have heard about it. I have only been around two mother elephants, Gypsy and Ronnie in my life who had one calf each. While there was some "distension" as you mention years later, nothing anywhere near what this elephant exhibits. Possibly because they were performing/working elephants they were more fit, toned, and in shape?