Pregnant Elephant Fed Firecracker-stuffed Pineapple, Dies After Explosion In Mouth

Delhi:  A pregnant wild elephant in Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest fell victim to an act of human cruelty after a pineapple filled with powerful crackers offered by a man exploded in her mouth when she chomped on it, a senior forest officer said here on Tuesday.

“Her jaw was broken and she was unable to eat after she chewed the pineapple and it exploded in her mouth. It is certain that she was offered the pineapple filled with crackers to eliminate her,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden Surendrakumar told . The incident was reported from the fringe areas of the Silent Valley in Attappadi.

Surendra Kumar said the elephant died at Velliyar River in Malappuram district on May 27. He said the post-mortem revealed that the pachyderm was pregnant. I have directed the forest officials to nab the culprit. We will punish him for ‘hunting  the elephant,” he said.