Amid worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, super cyclones hitting the shores of India, another disheartening report surfaced, this time from Kerala.
One of the pregnant elephants, in search of food from a nearby national park, ingested a pineapple laced with firecrackers.
The fruit burst in the lower jaw of the animal, who went through excruciating pain in her final moments. Even while taking her last breaths, the mammal did not go rogue by attacking houses or villagers, instead died standing in water, to tend to her injuries.
Reportedly, the incident occurred on May 27 near Malappuram, and it came into light recently after the Forest Officer revealed the shocking details of the case through his Facebook post.
It remains unknown whether any hooligan fed the fruit deliberately to the pregnant elephant or the animal ate the pineapple mistakenly which was kept for the wild boars which destroy farms.
“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,” forest officer Mohan Krishnan, wrote on Facebook. He was also part of the Rapid Response Team for the rescue of the elephant.
Nevertheless, the poor elephant, which appeared malnourished, paid the ultimate price in search of food, succumbing to hunger.
As soon as the post went viral all over social media, Indian cricketers, namely, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and many other prominent Indian cricketers condemned the incident, demanding an end to the animal cruelty.
“Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let’s treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts,” Kohli’s post on Twitter captioned.
Appalled to hear about what happened in Kerala. Let's treat our animals with love and bring an end to these cowardly acts. pic.twitter.com/3oIVZASpag
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 3, 2020
“We are savages. Are we not learning? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty,” Rohit tweeted.
We are savages. Are we not learning ? To hear what happened to the elephant in Kerala was heartbreaking. No animal deserves to be treated with cruelty.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) June 4, 2020
Let’s have a look at how the Indian cricket fraternity reacted to the unfortunate incident:
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) June 3, 2020
Rest in peace 🙏
No words 2 express d cruelty in d way it was done. Strict action shud be taken against d culprits. Authorities need to be taken to task. Our animals, migrant workers, farmers need to be protected because every life matters 👍 pic.twitter.com/YDLDmvmS74
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) June 3, 2020
— Vijay Shankar (@vijayshankar260) June 3, 2020
Anguished to hear about what happened in Kerela. Can't believe that some can be so inhumane towards animals. Hope there will justice and action taken against the guilty.
— Shubman Gill (@RealShubmanGill) June 3, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 3, 2020
Heartbroken, speechless, angry & shocked to read the news about the pregnant elephant in Kerala. How can anyone be so cruel. Hope the guilty are punished severely. pic.twitter.com/YKFCrrKPwZ
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) June 3, 2020
The incident in Kerala is extremely saddening. How can we be so cruel? It's time we as a society put an end to these inhumane acts.
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) June 3, 2020
Another shameful act of Human Cruelty. It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.
Severe action must be taken against the culprit by @CMOKerala who fed the cracker filled pineapple to the innocent.
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) June 3, 2020
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) June 3, 2020
Feeding a pregnant elephant with a pineapple filled with crackers. Only a monster can do this. Strict action should be taken against the culprits.
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) June 3, 2020
Short of words to describe this cruelty by some humans. We don't deserve this planet if we don't know how to co exist. We indeed betrayed you 🙁 pic.twitter.com/cFsQ2uJE2y
— Siddharth Kaul (@Sidda79_KauL) June 3, 2020
WTF 🤷♂️ What kind of society are we?? https://t.co/ulBey55LWv
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 2, 2020