Brutal Animal Abuse: Pregnant elephant stuffed with cracker, dies standing in river
New Delhi : In one of the horrific animal abuse, a pregnant elephant was fed a pineapple filled with crackers allegedly by the locals, it exploded in her mouth leading to the tragic death of the animal who trusted humans around her.
The incident came to light after a forest officer in northern Kerala's Malappuram district narrated the details of the horrific death on social media.
As told, the elephant migrated out of the forest in search of food. As she was seen walking on the city streets, she was offered the cracker-laden pineapple by locals.
"She trusted everyone. When the pineapple she ate exploded, she must have been shocked not thinking about herself, but about the child she was going to give birth to in 18 to 20 months," forest officer Mohan Krishnan, who was part of the Rapid Response Team to rescue the elephant, wrote on Facebook.
The explosion was so bad that it hurt her tongue badly; she walked crying for help on the streets in pain. She was unable to eat anything due to severe injuries in her mouth.
"She didn't harm a single human being even when she ran in searing pain in the streets of the village. She didn't crush a single home. This is why I said, she is full of goodness," Mr Krishnan wrote in an emotional note in Malayalam, along with photos of the elephant.
Eventually she walked into the Velliyar River and stood there. Photos showed the elephant standing in the river with her mouth and trunk in water, perhaps for some relief from the unbearable pain.
The forest officials brought two captive elephants, who were called Surendran and Neelakanthan, to lead her out of the river. "But I think she had a sixth sense. She didn't let us do anything," Mohan Krishnan wrote.
After hours of attempts by the officials to rescue the elephant, she died at 4 pm on May 27, standing in water.
"She needs to be given the farewell she deserves. For that, we took her inside the forest in a lorry. She lay there on firewood, in the land she played and grew up. The doctor who did her post-mortem told me that she was not alone. I could sense his sadness though the expression on his face was not visible due to his mask. We cremated her in a pyre there. We bowed before her and paid our last respects," the forest officer said.