Believe me now?
It was a trip with my sis back in 2008 (Yeah! I visit Thailand almost by yearly -just love it!), and during our trip to Ayuthayya , we stop by at an elephant sanctuary and there, they taught the elephant to do some tricks like sitting, drawing (REALLY!!!) and etc.
As I was busy taking pics of other elephants around, I saw this baby elephant from far and it's WHITE! I mean... really WHITE! Kid you not! Crazy me (As usual!) ran closer to take the pics. I was practically awe struck, is it suppose to be sacred or something...
Out of curiosity I googled (from Wikipedia ofcos) and found out :
The term derives from the sacred white elephants kept by Southeast Asian monarchs in Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. To possess a white elephant was regarded (and is still regarded in Thailand and Burma) as a sign that the monarch reigned with justice and power, and that the kingdom was blessed with peace and prosperity. The tradition derives from tales which associate a white elephant with the birth of the Buddha, as his mother was reputed to have dreamed of a white elephant presenting her with a lotus flower, a symbol of wisdom and purity, on the eve of giving birth. Because the animals were considered sacred and laws protected them from labor, receiving a gift of a white elephant from a monarch was simultaneously both a blessing and a curse: a blessing because the animal was sacred and a sign of the monarch's favour, and a curse because the animal had to be retained and could not be put to much practical use, at least to offset the cost of maintaining it.
Have you seen an animal as unique?
Hyperlink credits : Wikipedia