Pregnant Elephant Murdered in Kerala
A tragic event took place in Kerala where a pregnant 15 year old elephant died due to a despicable trick played by humans.
The incident happened on May 27 in the Palakkad district of Kerala state in southern India, near farmland where locals sometimes scatter fruit spiked with firecrackers to discourage animals from damaging crops. The forestry officials claim that the pregnant elephant had wandered out of the local Silent Valley National Park to that area in search of food when the incident occurred.
It is an unspoken truth that death is better than constant torture. The agony and pain one feels when he is constantly suffering is an affliction only few can survive. However, when a living being goes through something painful, he makes a sound or does some action to show that he is in pain. But animals, who are unable to voice their emotions, feel caged in this painful void because what they feel may be empathized by a few animal sanctuaries, but mostly, people remain oblivious.
Hunger had driven that poor elephant to search for food when it tumbled across a pineapple which contained a firecracker. Upon instinct, just to fill up her and her baby’s stomach, she ingested that pineapple which ended up taking her life.
When the elephant ingested that pineapple, the firecracker blew up in her mouth, leaving it bloody and painful. In order to soothe the pain, the innocent elephant stumbled to the river Velliyar where she dipped her mouth, hoping to ease the pain. However, no matter for how long she stood there, the pain didn’t seem to go away. The forest department also deployed two elephants – Neelakanthan and Surendran for the rescue operation but their attempts were in vain. The elephant soon died while standing in the river.
People have reported that while she was in pain, she didn’t try to harm anybody. Even when she was running in searing pain in the village streets, she didn’t destroy a single home. Doesn’t this evoke the idea that humans are supposed to show more humane behavior than animals?
Krishnan, who witnessed the elephant’s death, wrote in a Facebook post. “With her mouth and tongue destroyed in the explosion, she paced around hungry without being able to eat. She must have been more worried about the health of the child inside her than about her own hunger.” Reading these sad lines, one wonders why such innocent creatures have to suffer such a mortifying death.
People are demanding strict action to be taken against those who committed this preposterous act but until now, no serious action has been taken. This draws a clear image about how careless the authorities are when it comes to the life of an animal. Even such atrocities can’t soften their stone hearts.
This depicts that we, as a species, are gradually losing our sense of humanity and are violating animals along with our own kin. This unfortunate incident will not be the last as long as we learn how to live in peace with our fellow animals.
Written by: Zeela Shoaib