Kerala elephant death: HSI announces Rs 50,000 reward for identifying perpetrators

Kerala elephant death: HSI announces Rs 50,000 reward for identifying perpetrators

Days after the agonising death of a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant in Kerala’s Malappuram, Humane Society International (HSI) India has offered a reward of Rs 50,000 to track down those responsible for her death.

“We understand the impact of human-wildlife conflict on communities but strongly condemn any retaliatory maiming or killing of wild animals,” said HSI India after announcing the reward.

The tragic episode has been widely condemned by people from all walks of life and the Kerala Forest Department has already launched a manhunt to find the perpetrators.

The elephant, which wandered into the village in search of food, died after it was fed a pineapple laced with explosives by locals.

She died standing in a river on May 27 after suffering immense pain due to the crackers that burst inside her mouth.

While the central government has promised strict action against those responsible for the death of the elephant, the perpetrators are yet to be identified.

The heartbreaking incident came to light after Mohan Krishna, Section Forest Officer, Nilambur shared the tale on social media.

He said, "She trusted everyone. When she ate the pineapple and exploded, she might have been shocked, not thinking about herself, but her child, whom she was going to give birth after 18- 20 months.”

"She wandered around starving with her severely injured mouth and tongue, due to the explosion. She didn't even hurt a single human being while wandering for food, despite her pain,” he added.