The Coronavirus pandemic created an unprecedented global crisis, while the recent killing of African-American George Floyd has once again sparked outrage at the institutional and systemic racism that black people all over the world face every day.
And just, just when you thought things had reached new levels of shitness, some poor, pregnant elephant has died after eating a pineapple stuffed with a hidden firecracker that exploded in her mouth.
Just heartbreaking to read.
The 15-year-old animal is understood to have wandered into a village in Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest in southern India looking for food when she stumbled across the pineapple.
Sadly, the explosion damaged her jaw, leaving her unable to eat, and she was later found trying to cool herself in a stream. However, as locals tried to heave her out of the water, she collapsed and died.
Wildlife official Mohan Krishnan said in a heat breaking post on social media that the mum-to-be was later found dying in a nearby river.
He wrote: “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.
“She didn’t harm a single human being even when she ran in searing pain in the streets of the village. She didn’t crush a single home.”
“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.”
The shocking case has sparked a criminal investigation into suspected cruelty toward animals, forestry officials said today.
A Kerala Forest Department spokesperson has told Sky News that farmers occasionally put fireworks inside food and put it on the edge of their fields to keep wild boars away. However, the explosives would have to be lit by someone for them to detonate in the elephant’s mouth like it did.
“It seems this elephant was very unfortunate and unlucky,” the spokesperson said. “In my 20 years of service I have heard of three such cases in the past with elephants. It is very sad and we are all very sad about it.
The incident has been condemned by many on social media, and a petition has been started calling for justice.
Many artworks have also been created as tribute to the elephant and her baby.
Utterly tragic news and an appalling indictment on us humans yet again.
We’re really f**cking everything up at the moment, aren’t we?
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