Kerala elephant death: Who said what about the tragedy

Pregnant elephant dies after eating pineapple rigged with firecrackers

Citing reports, Awhad said that a few days ago, the famished elephant had gone to a village hoping to get some food, but the villagers served her live firecrackers hidden inside pineapples, which burst in her mouth, grievously injuring her tongue and mouth.

Now, the website displays a long message by the hackers, along with a Google map of Ambalappara in Palakkad district, where a pregnant elephant had died.

The elephant died at Velliyar River on May 27 after efforts by forest personnel to bring it to the river bank using two other trained elephants failed. Rohit, who has been leading campaigns in association with the World Wildlife Fund, rued the "heartbreaking" incident and said that no animal deserves to be treated with cruelty. "The animal must have found it lying somewhere and must have consumed it herself not knowing what lies ahead for her [sic]".

He said local villagers sometimes leave pineapples and other sweet fruits filled with firecrackers around their fields to ward off wild boars, which might have caused the explosion in the elephant's mouth.

Sources said they were local dealers of explosives. Preliminary reports point to the use of explosive-filled pineapple usually used as traps to kill wild animals. "This is not an Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill (sic)", he said in a tweet. Malappuram is very famous for incidents like this. It is the most violent district in the whole of India.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the ministry has taken a serious note of the death and assured that stern action will be taken against the culprit (s).

According to the officials, "the issue is too complex and layered". The firecrackers exploded in her mouth when she chomped on the fruit.

Originally belonging to Silent Valley National Park (SVNP) in Palakkad, the elephant died at Velliyar River with its trunk in the water. Because of the injuries the elephant could not eat or drink anything for weeks, as per reports.



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