The death of a pregnant elephant is making everyone disturbed. After a week, this incident came into limelight when Mohan Krishnan, a local forest officer, has shared on his Facebook page.
People are furious with the locals in the village. Yes, the death of the elephants brought tears to everyone but a State like Kerala which is famous for elephants and most of the temples in Kerala’s own elephants to be a part of their religious rituals will kill an elephant intentionally is the biggest question? Many animal lovers are serious about this issue, and police have registered a case to find out the culprits.
Actually, this elephant which originally belonged to the Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad had wandered in search of food and reached the border area. There she ate this pineapple filled with firecrackers and explosion in her mouth was so powerful that it was badly injured both upper and lower jaws were broken.
Usually, locals fill the fruits with firecrackers to protect their fields from the wild boars. This process is called Panni Padakkam.
In that critical situation, the elephant roamed around hungrily without hurting a single person or damaging the house. She then went into the river and when Mohanan reached the spot on 27th May, he saw the elephant with her mouth and trunk were immersed in water and her stomach was shrunk.
The elephant stood in water to avoid insects or worms feeding on her wounds.
Immediately, forest officials brought two captive elephants, Surendran and Neelakantan to bring it out from the river. But no use, as its lungs were filled with water due to suffocation the elephant lost its life.
“She had a sixth sense that she was going to die. She took the Jala Samadhi (Water Grave) in the river in a standing position” – an emotional note posted by Mohan Krishnan, Section forest officer, Nilambur.
After this to complete the death formalities, the doctor who did autopsy has expressed emotionally that it was not alone, She is carrying a baby in her Womb. Heart-wrenching incident and according to the NDTV reports, forest officer Aashique Ali said that they don’t know when the incident happened.
But because of the starvation and shrinking of the elephant, it would have happened 20 days ago. According to Wildlife protection Act, 1972 wild elephants come under Schedule I, which are protected species. Any offence will leads to a high penalty.
On the other note, a few journalists and people are posting that fruit filled with firecrackers given to the elephant by locals are completely wrong and this incident went unintentionally. But intentionally or not, this is brutal. “Bomb-baits and Cruel wire snares are placed between the borders of jungles and villages. Wild animals are killed this way every day” said wildlife story Writer Pranav Capila.
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