A pregnant elephant died in Kerala, standing in water on 27 May, after she allegedly ate a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers. The fruit had exploded in her mouth, leading to her death.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has assured strict action against those who are responsible for killing the elephant; “Forest department is probing the case and the culprits will be brought to book,”.
An FIR has been lodge against unidentified people under relevant sections of Wild Life Protection Act over the incident, said Mannarkkad forest, range officer.
The Kerala Forest department also took to Twitter to state Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution dictates that it is the duty of every citizen to be compassionate to animals.
The wild elephant had left the forest, and was wandering in the nearby village in search of food.
The explosion had badly injured her tongue and mouth and the elephant walked around the village; in searing pain and in hunger.
“We are suspecting that the elephant fell prey to the explosive snare used to fend off wild boars. But there is no evidence now to suggest that it was intentionally fed such an explosive;” KK Sunil Kumar, Mannarkkad Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), told The News Minute.
Forest officials said the investigation was underway to ascertain the cause of the incident.
Using snares to trap or kill an animal is a punishable offence under the Wildlife Protection Act.