New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Soon after the tragic death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala fed with firecracker-filled pineapple sent shockwaves across the nation, a second death elephant death has emerged from the state. A young female elephant died in a similar manner in the forests of Kollam district.

The post-mortem report of the elephant shows that fractures in the jaw which could have been caused while consuming something. However, there is no official confirmation on the same.

“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 found alienated from its herd. Proper treatment was given but unfortunately it succumbed to its wounds,” a top forest official told news agency PTI.

Another official said an investigation has been launched into the incident. "It is suspected that the elephant bit a food item filled with crackers and it exploded in her mouth. We are waiting for the postmortem report," the officer, who did not wish to be identified, said.

The alleged brutal killing of a pregnant elephant has led to widespread condemnation from all quarters of life. The Kerala government on Wednesday said a wildlife crime investigation team will probe the incident, even as the Centre took a serious note of it and sought a report from the state.

The elephant had consumed a pineapple filled with powerful fire crackers which exploded in the animal's mouth in the Silent Valley Forest and died about a week later. The elephant died at Velliyar River on May 27 after efforts by forest personnel to bring it to the river bank using two other trained elephants failed. The post-mortem revealed that the pachyderm was pregnant.

According to forest officials, farmers in forest fringe areas resort to such to keep wild animals from damaging their crops besides preventing them from entering into their habitats, forest officials said.

The issue of the pachyderm's tragic death in Silent Valley came to light after Mohan Krishnan, a forest officer, posted an emotional note on his Facebook page, narrating the death of the elephant in the waters of the Velliyar River.

"When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water. She had a sixth sense that she was going to die. She took the Jalasamadhi in the river in a standing position," Krishnan, who was deputed to bring the elephant back to the shore, wrote.

He had also posted the photos of the elephant standing in the river water.

Voicing concern over the incident, Bollywood celebrities including Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Randeep Hooda demanded strict action against animal cruelty.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said stern action will be taken against those who killed the pregnant elephant.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta