Pregnant elephant dies after being fed crackers-stuffed pineapple in Kerala

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

A pregnant elephant wandered into a village in search of food, where locals fed her a pineapple filled with firecrackers.

A pregnant elephant was killed in India after eating fruit stuffed with explosives, officials said Wednesday, sparking outrage over the use of such traps to protect crops and homes. The incident took place on May 27 while the elephant was standing in water. This tragedy has shaken the conscience of most Indians, as people have taken to social media to share their grief over this horrifying act of cruelty that led to the death of the elephant.

"When the pineapple or some fruit she ate exploded like a firecracker in her mouth, she may not have trembled thinking of her own life, but about the new life she was about to give birth in some months", wrote Mohanan Krishnan, the section forest officer in Nilambur, on his Facebook page.

Several attempts were made by locals to rescue the elephant but it eventually died on May 27 at 4:00 pm.

The elephant's autopsy was released yesterday.

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Like everybody who saw the elephant before its death, Dr David Abraham, Assistant Forest Veterinary Officer, Thrissur, too, was unaware that she was conceiving. The forest officer, Mohan Krishnan reportedly said that the firecrackers exploded in the elephant's stomach, and at the particular moment the elephant must have only thought of the baby. The elephant didn't harm human beings and walked up to the Velliyar River and stood there.

This is not the first time elephants have been treated poorly to the point of death. Krishna said that the elephant might have done this to avoid flies and other insects from infecting the injuries. The elephant was taken back inside the forest in a truck, where the forest officials cremated her.

The rescue team brought two captive elephants, Surendran and Neelakanthan, to aid them in getting the injured elephant out of the river, reported NDTV. I removed its foetus.

That a pregnant elephant has been targeted in such a cruel way speaks us to of a greater malaise that requires urgent correction in the society's collective mindset. She had a sixth sense that she was going to die. "Emotionally, it was an unusual case for me", Dr David, who is also in charge of the Palakkad division, told TNM.

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