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Thiruvananthapuram / Kochi: The Kerala The government said on Wednesday that a wildlife crime investigation team would investigate the brutal killing of a pregnant wild elephant last month in a forest area in Palakkad district, even the Center took it seriously and sought a report from the state.
The elephant consumed a powerful cracker-filled pineapple that burst into the animal’s mouth in the Silent Valley Forest and died about a week later.
The incident sparked outrage, with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan saying that a preliminary inquiry into the death of the elephant has been started in the Mannarkad forest division of Palakkad district and the police has directed strict action against those responsible for the act.
A wildlife crime investigation team from Kozhikode has been sent to the incident site for further investigation, he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.
Meanwhile, taking the incident seriously, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Center has sought a complete report and assured strict action against the culprits involved, a report Kochi said.
“We have asked for a full report on the incident. Strict action will be taken against the culprits,” he said.
The elephant died in the Valliyar River on 27 May, after attempts by two other trained elephants to bring it to the riverbank by forest personnel failed. The post mortem revealed that the child was pregnant.
Her jaw was broken and she was unable to eat after chewing pineapple and exploded in her mouth.
Expressing concern over the incident, Bollywood celebrities including Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Randeep Hooda demanded strict action against animal cruelty.
Amid widespread condemnation over the death, a top forest official told PTI that another similar female elephant was met in April in the Pathanapuram forest range area under Punalur division in Kollam district.
“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 isolated from its herd. Proper treatment. Granted, but unfortunately succumbed. To its wounds, “he said.
Another official said that an investigation into the incident has been started.
“It is suspected that the elephant found a food item filled with crackers and exploded in its mouth. We are awaiting the postmortem report,” said the officer, who did not wish to be identified.
Forest officials said such practices are allegedly used by farmers in forest areas to protect wild animals from damage to their crops and prevent them from entering their habitat.
The case of Pachiram’s tragic death in Silent Valley came to light when a forest officer, Mohan Krishnan, posted a sentimental note on his Facebook page, which contained the story of the elephant’s death in the waters of the Valeria River.
“When we saw her standing in the river, her head was submerged in water. She had a sixth sense that she was about to die. She took Jalasadhi to a standing position in the river,” Krishnan, deputed Was. Wrote, to bring the elephant back to shore.
He had also posted pictures of an elephant standing in the river water.
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