In an appalling incident, a pregnant elephant died standing on the water, within a few days after villagers in India’s Kerela, fed her pineapple leashed with firecrackers. Images of the gentle giant in the last days of her immeasurable pain were shared by a senior forest official.
The incident took place last week when the Mumma elephant wandered into the village in search of food. To veer the animal off, villagers fed her pineapple stuffed with a firecracker and the gestating mother ate the fruit which burst in her mouth, causing her incomprehensible pain. The technique to feed explosive encrusted fruits is a common way to shoo wild boars away.
Forest officer Mohan Krishnan shared the last hours of the mother standing on the water before the pregnant elephant lost her life there itself. Krishnan wrote: “But she may not know the selfish man it is ready for anything. She must have thought she would spare her because she was walking with a double life. She trusted all of them. When the pineapple or some other fruit is exploded in her mouth, she must have been thinking not about herself, but the new birth that she was going to give after twenty months later.”
The firecrackers caused the elephant irreparable damage, and the gentle giant, despite roamed hungrily for days after the incident, did not harm a single villager, even in her great agony. She could not eat. The would-be mother to alleviate her pain stood in the Velliyar river.
Mohan Krishnan further shares in his post that when he saw the elephant her mouth and trunk were submerged in the water, which Krishnan says the elephant did to keep insects away from the wound. Two domestic elephants were bought on the scene to pull her ashore, but it was too late since before the rescue could be completed, the mother died standing on the water on May 27th.
“Everyone was shocked, the captive elephants were very quick to realize what had happened, they shed tears. I felt the river start to boil with those tears, a river’s protest against the selfish mankind,”
-Krishnan wrote on the Facebook post.
It was found that the elephant was pregnant after the postmortem. The doctor who conducted the postmortem said as he wept that the poor soul was not alone. “Though the mask helped him hide the expression, I understood his sorrow,” Krishnan said.
The elephant’s body was laid to rest on the spot and the Senior Forest official said ending the post: ” even as fire engulfed her, I prayed to the mother in her. Being one from mankind all I could say was, sister…. sorry.”
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Cover image courtesy of Mohan Krishnan via facebook)