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Kerala Elephant Case: Pregnant wild elephant died by eating firecrackers filled pineapple

A pregnant wild elephant initially belonging to Silent Valley National Park (SVNP), Palakkad, met with a tragic death after a convict fed it with a pineapple stuffed with fireworks inside, which more likely than not been purportedly utilized as a catch to get wild boars. The harmed elephant resisted the urge to panic however she was under unbearable agony and didn’t make any devastation a lot to the mistrust of the forest division authorities. Be that as it may, in an uncommon occasion, the elephant died at Velliyar River, Malappuram, on May 27, in a standing situation with its trunk in the water.

The 15-year-old elephant had remained in the waterway to feel light so its mouth and tongue which had detonated could get some type of alleviation. The occurrence was brought to light by Mohan Krishnan, Section Forest Officer, Nilambur, on his Facebook page where he had gone about as the Rapid Response Team authority to safeguard the elephant which was in trouble. The post has since gotten viral with in excess of 1,200 offers. The elephant had purportedly gone to the town planning to get more food in order to think about its calf which was in its womb.

When the terrible state of the elephant went to the information on the backwoods authorities, they acquired two Kumki elephants, Surendran and Neelakantan to carry the harmed elephant to the shore from the Velliyar River. Be that as it may, a lot to the failure of woods division authorities, the elephant met its demise in water. Postmortem assessment revealed that the last reason for death of the 15-year-old female elephant was because of asphyxia where water had got into its lungs and trachea. Dr David Abraham, Assistant Forest Veterinary Officer, Thrissur, who did the after death disclosed that on first perception itself plainly the elephant would not endure. The backwoods authorities needed to euthanize the elephant which was in serious anguish. However, tragically, the message from the top echelons of forest department was to return it back to the SVNP.

Dr David Abraham said that “I have so far done more than 250 postmortems of elephants alone in my more than two decades career. But this was the first time I was so moved as I could hold the foetus of the baby in my hands. Initially, none of us was aware that the elephant was pregnant. After I had seen its heart and then happened to see the amniotic fluid did I realize that it’s pregnant”.

Another senior backwoods official revealed that this isn’t the first time that  an elephant met its demise because of blast in its mouth caused because of unrefined nation bombs or fireworks being utilized in catches to get wild hogs by individuals terrified of pulverizing its vegetation.

During April likewise, another wild elephant in Pathanapuram in Kollam region had kicked the bucket in comparative conditions. Be that as it may, the most recent occurrence in Palakkad is additionally contacting as in an additional 22 months it would have conveyed a calf elephant. Samuel Pachuau, Wildlife Warden, SVNP, disclosed that already an invesigation is on into the incident which saw the elephant dying under tragic circumstances.

“We have expanded our intelligence organizing and also boundry patrolling as the occurrence has occurred between the park (which is on the support zone) and plantaton area,” said Samuel Pachuau.

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