The wild elephant had left the forest and wandered into a nearby village in Kerala's Malappuram in search of food. Locals offered her a pineapple filled with firecracker
An elephant that was pregnant died in Kerala last Wednesday in a horrific act of animal cruelty by locals.
The incident came to light when a forest officer in northern Kerala's Malappuram district narrated the details of the horrific death on social media, reports Ndtv.
The wild elephant had left the forest and wandered into a nearby village in Kerala's Malappuram in search of food. She was offered a pineapple filled with firecracker by the locals.
The fruit exploded in her mouth, leading to the horrific tragedy.
"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," wrote Forest Officer Mohan Krishnan, who was part of the Rapid Response Team to rescue the elephant, on Facebook.
The explosion from the cracker was powerful, leaving her tongue and mouth badly injured. The helpless animal walked around the village in pain and hunger, unable to eat anything due to her injuries.
"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," said an emotional Krishnan.
Eventually, the elephant walked up to the Velliyar river and stood there with her mouth and trunk in water, perhaps for some relief from the unbearable pain.
The forest officials brought two captive elephants to lead her out of the water but the injured elephant refused to leave.
After hours of attempts to rescue the elephant, she finally died at 4 pm on May 27, standing in water.
She was taken back inside the forest in a truck, where the forest officials cremated her.
"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.