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Artworks flood social media after death of pregnant elephant in Kerala

Following the uproar over the death of an elephant in Kerala, many have shared artworks in tribute to the pachyderm on social media

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 5, 2020 10:38:19 am
kerala elephant death, kerala news, kerala elephant death artwork, pregnant elephant death, fruit laced with explosives, pachyderm to kill boars, indian express, Artists from around the country have been penning down poems and drawing heartfelt tribute to the mother and her unborn child. (Rabiul Islam, Bratati Maity/ Instagram)

The death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala after it consumed a pineapple stuffed with fireworks sparked outrage from across the country on social media sites. Photos of the elephant standing in the water to cool her wounds have flooded the internet, and people from all walks of life have sought a severe punishment for those responsible.

Mohana Krishnan, a forest department section officer who was part of the Rapid Response Team that attempted to rescue her, posted about the incident on Facebook. The furore grew after an autopsy revealed the elephant was pregnant.

While some sections of the media reported that the animal was intentionally fed the explosives, latest investigations suggest the method was usually used to trap and kill wild boars and other animals. Officials maintained that Krishnan had not said in his post that the elephant had been deliberately fed a pineapple stuffed with explosives. They said he had highlighted the dangers of using explosives to ward off wild animals.

But following the uproar, many have shared artworks in tribute to the elephant on social media. Here are some examples:

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"she trusted everyone,they killed her"

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The news of her death is beyond gruesome, how can we fall to such levels of inhumanity. Yet, she didn’t hurt anyone, went to the river, trying to soothe her wounds to no recovery and passed on to the next world, grieving the loss of her unborn children. She didn’t leave the river. Her and the spirits of her children became one with the currents of an eternal place. What is daunting is that an animal can show us such kindness even when we’ve been beyond despicable towards her. Let’s put prayers out but also let’s decide to end this by taking actual actions. Sign petitions, say no to elephant rides, report abuse, educate yourself, and people around. We worship Ganesha but don’t know anything about the elephant or for that matter about the Earth, environment. Let’s change that. This should end. let’s try to be her children. – – – (Pregnant elephant Amba tragically died in Malappuram she ate cracker-stuffed pineapple. Heart is broken in a million pieces…😔) . Art by @chetanadvirkar . #art #artist #artshare #artistsoninstagram #ganpatibappamorya_ #ganpatibappamorya🙏 #gannubappa #shivaji #shivajimaharaj #marathimanus #digital #digitaldrawing #digitalart #digitalpainting #digitalpainting #creative #creativegaga #procreate

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“Maa where are we?” . . “I don’t know dear but I definitely think this place is way safer than where we were 😇. No one can harm us here now 😢” . . I am totally devastated with the incident that happened in Kerala. Stuffed crackers into pineapple and fed it to the pregnant elephant? Really?! Dear Humans, we fkn way better than this! 😥. . . I received so many DMs requesting to create an artwork as tribute to these innocent lives. Here’s my little contribution 😞. I didn’t want to re-create an artwork based on the actual incident. I just want to portray that the innocent Mommy elephant and her baby, has born and way SAFER and HAPPIER now! 😔🙏🏽✨. . . And those of you who did this cruel act, I hope justice will be served! ✋🏼. . . #kerala #keralaelephants #justice

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ഏറെ സങ്കടകരം 😔 . കൊല്ലപ്പെട്ട അമ്മയാനയുടെ വയറ്റിൽ നിന്നും പുറത്തെടുത്ത വളർച്ചയെത്താത്ത ആ കുഞ്ഞ് ആനക്കുട്ടിയെ കണ്ടത് സഹിക്കാൻ കഴിയുന്നതല്ല.. ………………. Fact Check : . An Elephant was killed in Kerala's Mallapuram district?.. The tragic incident happened in another district, Palakkadu, and it is not Mallapuram – it is Malappuram. . Malappuram is the most violent district in the country?.. There is absolutely no evidence to back that claim up. In fact, Malappuram has been the target of such outrageous lies for some time.. . The elephant in question was fed pineapple laced with crackers by the villagers?.. Preliminary forest dept inquiry report suggests that tragic death of Kerala elephant was not because the animal was ‘fed’ pineapple laced with crackers by villagers but because the elephant strayed into a trap laid for wild boars who destroy crop.(via Rajdeep Sardesai) . Is there any difference? Yes, one is intentional act of cruelty and another is a mishap occured while they were trying to protect their crops . I know some of you didn't bother to fact check. Because you heard what you wanted to hear, that Malappuram is violent. . #stopthekilling #EndAnimalCruelty #ProtectWildlife #keralaelephants #elephant #babyelephants #elephantdrawing #drawing #digitalpainting #digitaldraw #sketch #sketching #sketchbook #autodesksketchbook #quarantinedays #lockdownart #artdaily #artwork #ലോക്ക്ഡൗൺ_വര

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A case under The Wildlife Act has been registered, and an inquiry is on, officials said. The sources said that the exact spot where the elephant was injured, and who was responsible for the explosion, are yet to be ascertained.

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