Yangon hospital reports skyrocketing dog bites

The Dog Bite Treatment Center in Myanmar’s dog-bitiest city, Yangon, said this week that its home base, Yangon General Hospital, is set to break its own record for dog bite victims. Over a five-month period, from January to May, the hospital has treated more than 4,600 patients for bites from man’s best friend slash feral ...

Animals

Crowdfunding brings life-saving water to Myanmar’s deer

Crowdfunding brings life-saving water to Myanmar’s deer

A herd of endangered deer wait under the shade of one of the sparse trees in this parched central Myanmar landscape, watching as rangers dispatch drinking water -- a life-saving...

Cat-astrophe: Distillery fire caused by cat injures 1 in Northern Yangon

Cat-astrophe: Distillery fire caused by cat injures 1 in Northern Yangon

A fire at a whiskey distillery injured a man trying to extinguish the flames in Northern Yangon’s Thaketa township yesterday, according to an official from the Thaketa Fire...

Myanmar’s first-ever elephant museum opening next week

Myanmar’s first-ever elephant museum opening next week

Pachyderm enthusiasts, rejoice! Myanmar’s first-ever elephant museum — well, a wing of an existing museum — is opening its doors to the public next Wednesday. The...

Cock-Eyed Logic: Fighting birds spared indignity of arrest by local news outlet

Cock-Eyed Logic: Fighting birds spared indignity of arrest by local news outlet

Two gamecocks photographed alongside three men following a Sunday cockfighting bust were spared further indignity this week when a Myanmar news outlet made the humane move to...

VIDEO: Rogue elephant carrying young child charges past procession in central Myanmar

VIDEO: Rogue elephant carrying young child charges past procession in central Myanmar

Everything about the donation procession for the local pagoda — a routine sight in villages around Myanmar — was going according to plan. Right up until the elephant...

19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar caves

19 new gecko species discovered in Myanmar caves

American and Southeast Asian scientists have discovered 19 previously unknown gecko species in remote parts of Myanmar. The discoveries highlight the biodiversity of isolated...

Captured wild elephants die up to 7 years earlier than captive-born elephants

Captured wild elephants die up to 7 years earlier than captive-born elephants

Placing a wild elephant in captivity can shorten its life by several years, according to a new study published in Nature Communications based on records of 5,000 logging elephants...

Myanmar elephant killings decline after years on the rise

Myanmar elephant killings decline after years on the rise

Killings of wild elephants in Myanmar dropped this year for the first time in at least four years, thanks to cooperative conservation efforts carried out by government...

Conflict threatens Myanmar’s dwindling tiger population

Conflict threatens Myanmar’s dwindling tiger population

Ethnic conflict in Myanmar’s forested regions threatens wild tigers, and ending conflict is key to protecting them, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced last week,...


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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.