There’s a Special Place in Hell for Those Who Murdered the Pregnant Elephant in Kerala

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There’s a Special Place in Hell for Those Who Murdered the Pregnant Elephant in Kerala

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

The “human” lockdown over the last two months was being lauded as a time for nature to heal and reclaim its space. The air quality had improved, Ganga water had been deemed fit to drink and the endangered Gangetic dolphins had found their way back to Kolkata ghats. However, the brutal murder of a pregnant elephant in Kerala is a reminder that humans have long forgotten what humanity is.

The wild elephant succumbed to human cruelty after locals allegedly fed her a pineapple stuffed with crackers, killing both the mother and her unborn child in the waters of the Velliyar River in Kerala’s Malappuram on May 27.

According to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) and Chief Wildlife Warden Surendrakumar, the incident took place close to Silent Valley in Attappadi. Speaking about the intention of the cruel act, he told PTI, “It is certain that she was offered the pineapple filled with crackers to eliminate her.”

The murder came to light when Mohan Krishnan, a forest officer who was part of the Rapid Response Team to rescue the pregnant elephant, narrated the horrific details of the gruesome incident on his Facebook page. “She trusted everyone. When the pineapple she ate exploded, she must have been shocked not thinking about herself, but about the child she was going to give birth to in 18 to 20 months,” he wrote in Malayalam.

The wild elephant is said to have stepped out of the forest to the nearby village in search of food. Unfortunately, the cracker-laden fruit exploded in her mouth, and the powerful explosion injured both her tongue and mouth. However, even as she ran around the village in “searing pain”, she didn’t bring harm to a single human. “This is why I said, she is full of goodness,” Krishnan stated in his emotional note.

With the wound in her lower jaw exposed, the elephant walked up to the Velliyar River, her mouth and trunk in water likely to bring some relief to her injuries. She continued to stand in the water until she breathed her last at 4 pm.

The horrible act of inhumanity has caused great uproar amongst citizens.

IFS officer Praveen Kaswan expressed his shock and disappointment.

The incident has highlighted just how vile humans can be.

Some Bollywood stars also raised their voices condemning the perpetrators. Anushka Sharma shared the news on her Instagram story, asking for “harsher laws against animal cruelty” be put in place.

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Randeep Hooda shared a similar opinion.

Calling it a heartbreaking incident, Shraddha Kapoor too called for stricter laws against animal abuse.

Perhaps for all our heinous crimes and greed we deserve the pandemic.

Multiple netizens channelised their anger into art.

No hope.

“She trusted everyone, they killed her.”

According to Surendrakumar forest officials are currently on the lookout for the culprit and will punish the person for “hunting” the elephant.  Meanwhile, although she met a pitiful death, the elephant’s body was later taken back to the forest in a truck by officials to cremate it with respect in her “home”. But is “God’s own country” only for mankind to claim?

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