An incident in which a pregnant elephant in Kerala, India died after she was fed a pineapple filled with explosives has exposed a new low by human beings.
The suspect behind the fatal feeding remains unknown.
“Her jaw was broken and she was unable to eat after she chewed the pineapple and it exploded in her mouth,” India’s chief wildlife warden Surendra Kumar said as quoted by Tribune India.
Kumar further stated that he was “certain” the explosive-filled pineapple was meant to kill the animal.
The incident occurred in a remote valley in Attappadi, a forest located 2, 560 kilometers south of the capital New Delhi, where the 15-year-old elephant had entered a village to look for food last month.
The jumbo died a while later in a Malappuram district river, according to a heartbreaking Facebook post by wildlife official Mohan Krishnan, who wasn’t able to rescue her.
“When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water,” wrote Krishnan. “She had a sixth sense that she was going to die.”
An autopsy revealed that the elephant was pregnant at the time of her tragic death.
India’s chief wildlife warden Surendra Kumar vowed to “punish the person who ‘hunted’ the elephant” and has reportedly “directed the forest officials to nab the culprit.”