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Pregnant Elephant dies after locals feed her Pineapple laced with hidden firecrackers

There has always been a serious conflict between humans and animals. Animals are voiceless creatures and all they want is a peaceful life but these humans have destroyed habitats of animals leading to extinction.

At one end, man is reaping benefits with the technology, natural resources– and at the other end- he is destroying the environment and other life forms which is truly not acceptable at all.

In a heartbreaking incident, a pregnant elephant was killed in Kerala’s Malappuram after she was fed a pineapple laced with hidden firecrackers by locals last week. The elephant was in intense pain that she died standing in a river.

Mohan Krishnan who works as a Section Forest Officer in Nilambur took to social media and shared the heartbreaking incident.

The elephant entered the village area in search of food but some locals fed her a pineapple in which they had explosives.

As the elephant ate pineapple, the firecracker burst in her mouth and led to immeasurable pain.

“She came out to the village in search of food. She did not know about the selfish human beings that she was about to witness. She must have thought, they would spare her as she was carrying two lives. She believed everyone. When the pineapple that she ate burst, she must have been in shock not thinking about herself, but the child she was about to give birth to in 18 or 20 months,” the forest officer wrote in his post.

Owing to her painful mouth injury, the pregnant elephant roamed around hungry but unfortunately couldn’t eat anything. Even in extreme pain of mind and body, the poor elephant did not hurt a single person or damage any public property.

In order to make pain less severe, the elephant went and remained standstill in the Velliyar river.

Forest officer Krishnan, part of the rescue team added: “When I saw her, she was standing in the river, with her mouth and trunk submerged in water. She must have stood in the water to avoid any insects feeding on her wounds.”

The forest officials then called in two more elephants to pull the female elephant on to the shore but before the rescue could be finished, she had died standing in water on May 27.

“Everyone was shocked, the captive elephants were very quick to realize what had happened, they shed tears. I felt the river start to boil with those tears, a river’s protest against the selfish mankind,” Krishnan wrote on Facebook.

Officials had realised she was pregnant when her post mortem was carried out. “The doctor who conducted the postmortem said as he wept that she wasn’t alone. Though the mask helped him hide the expression, I understood his sorrow,” Krishnan added.

The forest department had eventually laid her to rest. Krishnan finally added: “We cremated her there itself. Even as fire engulfed her, I prayed to the mother in her. Being one from mankind all I could say was, sister…. sorry.”

Written by Sagar Abhinandan

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