The 15-year-old pregnant elephant died after eating a pineapple filled with a firecracker, offered to her allegedly by some locals. The fruit exploded in her mouth, and her tongue and mouth were badly injured.
Due to her mouth injury, the elephant walked around in the village, in searing pain and in hunger.
This incident took place on May 27 in an area bordering Palakkad and Malappuram districts.
“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.
Mohanan was part of the Rapid Response Team, in charge of rescuing the 15-year-old pregnant elephant.
The elephant was cremated the same day, along with its foetus.
“Strict action will be taken against culprits responsible for killing a pregnant elephant. I want to clarify that it happened in Palakkad not in Malappuram. Regarding, the remark of Maneka Gandhi, I don’t want to comment at this juncture,” said K Raju, Kerala Forest Minister.