Myanmars Elephants by Ko Myo

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Sitting by a stream, vet Dr. Myo Min Aung looks at the remaining bones of deceased baby elephant Mi Chaw which he excavated in order to keep a memory of her at his home, at Thayatsan elephants camp. A group of bamboo cutters working in the jungle heard a wild elephant screaming near their work site. Afraid of a possible encounter, they made noises to chase it away. It is not unusual for wild elephants to come very close to human territory in Myanmar's forests due to deforestation from decades of industrial logging and plantations. Too late, they realised they had scared away a female elephant who had just given birth, leaving her newborn calf behind. Feeling sorry for the newborn, the villagers called Dr Myo Min Aung, a member of the EERU (Elephant Emergency Response Unit). He named the baby elephant Mi Chaw ('Beautiful Girl') and took care of her as if she were his own daughter.