Pathein authorities find dead baby elephant inside well

You know what’s worse than an elephant dying? A little baby elephant dying. Unfortunately, on Sunday, Pathein authorities had to cremate a two month old wild elephant that was discovered dead inside a well near the town of Ngwe Saung. Due to his young age, the elephant was only a little over three feet tall. Authorities

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Family of three dies after consuming pufferfish intestines~

A family from a village in Rakhine State’s Gwa Township died yesterday after consuming some globefish — also known as pufferfish — 7Day reports. The father, 30, was a...

Family of three dies after consuming pufferfish intestines~

Tanintharyi Bomb Unit’s K9 Officer San Mi dies of heart and liver problems

Sad news out of Tanintharyi — as Eleven reports, San Mi, one of the regional bomb squad’s two bomb-sniffing K9’s, passed away on Saturday morning. A brown Labrador...

Tanintharyi Bomb Unit’s K9 Officer San Mi dies of heart and liver problems

Monkey trio escapes zoo enclosure, attacks two humans

Two (human) individuals were injured over the weekend when a group of monkeys escaped from their cage and caused a bit of havoc during their few hours of newfound freedom. The...

Monkey trio escapes zoo enclosure, attacks two humans

Two new gecko species discovered amidst increasingly dwindling Tanintharyi rainforests

Scientists have discovered two new species of geckos in the proposed Lenya National Park — currently the Lenya and Nga Wun Reserve Forests — located in the country’s...

Two new gecko species discovered amidst increasingly dwindling Tanintharyi rainforests

Citizens mourn the passing of beloved Yangon Bomb Squad K-9 Sergeant Michael

If you haven’t heard the news, Yangon’s favorite bomb sniffing K9 officer Sergeant Michael passed away over the Thingyan weekend. The news was brought to public attention...

Citizens mourn the passing of beloved Yangon Bomb Squad K-9 Sergeant Michael

600 chickens massacred by Sagaing hailstorm

Trees, buildings, and animals were pounded by “hail the size of tennis balls” for about 15 minutes last night in Kyun Hla Township, Sagaing Region. A cow and 600 chickens were...

600 chickens massacred by Sagaing hailstorm

Kayin State: Tigers, leopards and elephants spotted in Southeast Asia’s last great wilderness

Six camera trap surveys set up by the Karen Wildlife Conservation Initiative (KWCI) in the hill forests of Northern Karen State have identified at least 31 mammals, including...

Kayin State: Tigers, leopards and elephants spotted in Southeast Asia’s last great wilderness

Why does the KIA still use war elephants?

Myanmar is the last place on earth where elephants are still used for warfare, and the Kachin Independence Army is the only group keeping this 4,000-year-old tradition alive....

Why does the KIA still use war elephants?

Australian team helps protect Myanmar farmers from snake bites 

Myanmar farmers are trapped in a vicious cycle that leaves them especially vulnerable to snake bites. Rice attracts rodents, and rodents attract snakes; and if a snake bites a...

Australian team helps protect Myanmar farmers from snake bites 

Coconuts Yangon Animals

Myanmar has plenty of animals, but not always the cute and cuddly kind. It is most famous for elephants; the country boasts the largest surviving Asian elephant population in Southeast Asia. The animals have long served as symbols of royalty and signs of good fortune. Another famous animal is the peacock. The bird is the symbol of Myanmar’s most famous political party, the National League for Democracy, which Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi steered to election victory in 2015. Besides those, we also find ourselves often writing about Yangon’s stray cats, dogs, snakes and crocodiles and the people who either abuse or protect them.