Lot of hue and cry was made in social media and normal media regarding the death of a pregant elephant in Palakkad.It was a sad incident and aroused deeper emotions within many people.Most were really concerned about the safety of wild animals and rightly so.
But some people were trying to create a narrative that the elephant was deliberately killed by someone.This is not true.The pineapple laden with crackers was (or coconut as it emerges now)kept for wild pigs which destroy poor farmers crops.Now it can be questioned whether such methods are to be used against wild pigs.Certainly not.But the farmers crops needs to be protected.Somebody has to provide them with better solution to protect their crop from destruction by wild animals.
The people of Kerala adore elephants and they love them and worship them.The narrative to paint otherwise is uncalled for.All are sad in the incident.Better methods to avoid man wild animal conflict is the need of the hour.
This pic of the elephant taken at Munnar.....
Canon 80D,Canon 100-400 IS II USM f8 1.250 ISO 400 at 271 mm
V S Sankar