In a major incident of human cruelty, a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest died after a pineapple filled with powerful crackers offered by a man exploded in her mouth. A senior forest officer said that the jaw of the wild elephant was broken after she chewed the pineapple and it exploded in her mouth. Likewise, she was unable to eat.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden Surendrakumar told PTI. that it was certain that she was offered the pineapple filled with crackers to eliminate her.
The incident took place in the fringe areas of the Silent Valley in Attappadi. The elephant died at the Velliyar River in Malappuram district on May 27. Her post-mortem revealed that she was pregnant.
Meanwhile, Surendrakumar stated that he has directed the forest officials to nab the culprit and punish him for ‘hunting’ the elephant.
The incident came to light after Mohan Krishnan, a forest officer, wrote an emotional note on his Facebook page, narrating the death of the elephant near Velliyar River.
“When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water. She had a sixth sense that she was going to die. She took the Jalasamadhi in the river in a standing position,” Krishnan wrote. He also posted the picture of the elephant standing in the river water. Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against the unidentified person under the Wildlife Protection Act.