“Her jaw was broken and she was unable to eat after she chewed the pineapple and it exploded in her mouth,” says chief wildlife warden Surendra Kumar. The outraged official tells local media he’s certain the tampered-with pineapple was meant to kill the animal, reports the Tribune India.
The ill-intentioned feeding reportedly occurred in a remote valley in Attappadi, a forest in southern India, where the 15-year-old elephant had entered a village to forage for food last month, reports the Quint.
The beast died a while later in a Malappuram district river, according to a heartbreaking Facebook post by wildlife official Mohan Krishnan, who wasn’t able to rescue her.
“When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water,” writes the bereaved ranger. “She had a sixth sense that she was going to die.”
An autopsy revealed that the animal was pregnant at the time of her tragic death.
It’s unknown who committed the vile crime. However, Kumar vowed to “punish him for ‘hunting’ the elephant” and has reportedly “directed the forest officials to nab the culprit.”
In response to the heinous act, the Kerala forest department reiterated the portion of the Indian constitution mandating that citizens be kind to animals.
“Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution says that it shall be duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for living creatures,” they tweeted Tuesday.