Kochi, Jun 3 (PTI) As the brutal killing of a pregnant
wild elephant in Kerala led to widespread condemnation, a
similar incident has came to light in Kollam district, where a
young female elephant died of injuries in her mouth, a month
The pregnant wild elephant in Silent Valley Forest had
fallen victim to an act of human cruelty on May 27 after a
pineapple filled with powerful crackers offered by a man
exploded in her mouth when she chomped on it.
A top forest officer told PTI that another female elephant
had met with similar fate in April in Pathanapuram forest
range area under Punalur division in Kollam district.
The officer said the elephant was found in a serious
condition from the fringe areas of the forests in Pathanapuram
by forest officials in the month of April.
"The pachyderm was found alienated from the herd of
elephants. Its jaw was broken and it was unable to eat," the
senior officer told PTI.
"It was very weak. When the forest officials approached,
the elephant ran into the forest and joined the herd of
elephants waiting there. But the next day, the elephant was
again found alienated from its herd. Proper treatment was
given but unfortunately it succumbed to its wounds," he said.
Another official said an investigation has been launched
into the incident.
"It is suspected that the elephant bit a food item filled
with crackers and it exploded in her mouth. We are waiting for
the postmortem report," the officer, who did not wish to be
Forest officials opined that investigation into such
cases was very tough.
"It is very difficult to gather information in such
incidents. Locating the place where they meet with such fate
is not easy as the herd of wild elephants travels several
kilometers a day.
The incident comes to the notice of forest officials
after the ill fated elephants are found alienated from their
herds. That too weeks later. This makes the probe tough," he
Meanwhile, Kerala Forest Minister K Raju told PTI that he
has sought report from the top wildlife officials about the
incidents of elephant deaths.
The pregnant wild elephant in Silent Valley was unable to
eat after she chewed the pineapple filled with crackers and it
exploded in her mouth.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and
Chief Wildlife Warden Surendrakumar said the incident was
reported from the fringe areas of the Silent Valley in
He said the elephant died at Velliyar River in Malappuram
district on May 27.
"I have directed the forest officials to nab the culprit.
We will punish him for ''hunting'' the elephant," Surendrakumar
The issue of the pachyderm''s tragic death in Silent
Valley came to light after Mohan Krishnan, a forest officer,
posted an emotional note on his Facebook page, narrating the
death of the elephant in the waters of the Velliyar River.
"When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her
head dipped in the water. She had a sixth sense that she was
going to die. She took the Jalasamadhi in the river in a
standing position," Krishnan, who was deputed to bring the
elephant back to the shore, wrote.
He also posted the photos of the elephant standing in the
river water. PTI TGB
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