The mother and her youngster clearly enjoyed a good wallow, and their caregivers dousing them with water made them ecstatic. Their epidermis is normally reddish-brown, but it becomes pale pink when wet. They also have beautiful eyelashes and toenails, which are quite long.
In the pink: A caretaker squirts two rare pink elephants with the hose as they enjoy a bath in Burma’s capital city Naypyidaw.
Despite their unusual appearance, the rare jumbos, officially known as white elephants, are not a species distinct from grey elephants nor are they albino.
Drinks break: Despite their unusual appearance, the rare jumbos, which are officially known as white elephants, are not a distinct species to grey elephants nor are they albinos.
The animals are treasured in Buddhist countries, where their appearance is believed to bring good fortune and can herald political change.
Bath time: Kings and leaders in the predominantly Buddhist nation have traditionally treasured white elephants, whose rare appearances are believed to herald good fortune, including power and political change.
And in Burma, after decades of military rule, the political change appears to be slowly taking place with the liberation of iconic opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi last year and elections due to take place in the capital this weekend.