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Human horror: Pregnant Elephant fed fruit stuffed with explosives in Kerala succumbs

At a time when humanity is collectively experience compassion and pain of the pandemic in these times of distress, an agonising death of a pregnant elephant from the God’s own country has shaken the whole country. 
 
In a mysterious incident which is ghastly and shameful, a pregnant wild elephant was fed a pineapple stuffed with explosives. The crackers exploded in the pachyderm’s mouth, eventually killing it. This incident only came to light a week later when the elephant traversed a distance and finally sunk its head in a lake while dying.
 
Meanwhile, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has promised to nab the culprits and take stringent action. Responding to the painful incident, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the “environment Ministry has taken a serious note of the death of the elephant and has sought complete report on the incident. Stern action will be taken against the culprit(s),” he said.
 
“The injury was already a few days old when we saw the elephant for the first time. So we have not been able to pin-point the place where the injury was sustained. That’s the limitation we are facing,” said a forest official, expressing his grief. 
 
Police are also investigating whether someone intentionally gave the elephant the fruit-laced explosive. But officials say there is also a possibility that it could have been a snare laid to kill wild boars and pigs. Cases of such snares laid by villagers are common across forest areas in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and have even been known to kill wild elephants.
 
It was the Silent Valley National Park field staff that first located the elephant looking distraught and physically weak on May 23rd. It is believed to have strayed out of the national park, looking for food and water. It could have potentially got separated from the herd after it suffered the injury and therefore, couldn’t keep up with the rest of the group.
 

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