On May 27, a pregnant elephant died in Kerala, India, of excruciating pain after it bit into a pineapple filled with firecrackers. The explosives went off in her mouth, damaging her jaw grievously.

A spokesperson from the Kerala Forest Department told Sky News that farmers are known to put fireworks inside food and plant it on the edges of their fields to keep away wild animals.

The incident came to the public's attention when forest officer Mohan Krishnan, part of the team who attempted to rescue the animal, shared the story on Facebook.

Image credits: Mohan Krishnan

"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," Mr. Krishnan said.

Officials say the wild elephant probably wandered out of the Silent Valley National Park (SVNP) in search of food. It is believed to have reached the Malappuram District, where the animal allegedly bit into the fruit stuffed with firecrackers.

Image credits: Mohan Krishnan

Animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi said Malapurram is one of the most dangerous places for animals in the whole county. "It is a murder, Malappuram is famous such incidents, it is India's most violent district. For instance, they throw poison on roads so that 300-400 birds and dogs die at one time," she said, adding that an elephant is killed every 3 days in Kerala.

The elephant's tongue and mouth were so badly injured, she wasn't able to eat. "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," Mr. Krishnan added.

The elephant later got to the Velliyar River and stood there with her head partially underwater. The forest officer explained that two captive elephants were brought to lead her out of the river, but she wouldn't move. Eventually, she died while still standing in the water.

Officials took her back to the forest in a truck and cremated her there. So far, it isn't clear where exactly the animal got hurt.

Image credits: Mohan Krishnan

Local authorities have registered the case and initiated a probe into the killing of the 15-year-old elephant. Two organizations announced money rewards to anyone who can provide information that would lead to an arrest.

While the investigation is underway, people on social media have been paying tribute to the poor animal by sharing artworks they made to honor it.

Image credits: Sidharthraghav8

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Eva Bryson
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3 months ago

Why, in the name of God, must we kill something so precious?

Paul Chang
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3 months ago

It’s pretty much known that man destroys practically everything he touches

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TheOnly Gurl
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3 months ago

I feel ashamed to know that a person from my homeland(Kerala) did this. I was a crying mess when I found out about the incident. Being a animal lover, you tend to have a soft side to every single being. I hope the person lives the rest of his life in misery.

Ar Wolf
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3 months ago

All Ganesha's fury on these people!

Panda with Heart
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3 months ago

Animals matter just as much as humans ..so sad

Jim Adams
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3 months ago

One must be a horrible person to do something like this. This is tragic. I am so glad they tried to help her.

Peta Ashcroft
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3 months ago

Humans are so mean. The wild animals are living their life doing what they do and then we come along and kill them.I think and I'm not a exspert but if we keep doing this then mabey half of the wild animals would be dead like all tigers and elephants populasion would be dead and then we would have no more elephants and tigers left in this world.Why are we so greedy?For tiger rugs elepant tusk jewellery? Why why why.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

You ask why, Peta? Maybe these quotes answer your question: "For evil to progress, it is enough for good people to be inactive." - E. Burke "One doesn't have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient." - Charles M. Blow "It is easy to sell hope; but hope without action is an excuse." "The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but those who watch them without doing nothing." - Albert Einstein ..... every single person who does not get involved in any way to stop destruction of our planet and all living creatures it supports is guilty, and what is utterly disgusting are those who do nothing while criticizing those who work tirelessly for the common good - for their good and that of their children, grandchildren. It takes work - from changing one's lifestyle to supporting the animal protection and environmental organizations. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

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Ilija Todorovic
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3 months ago

So so sad ...why would anyone do this ???

Laura Zucchiatti
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3 months ago

Noooooo :(

Haleema
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3 months ago

I wish a life of complete misery on whoever did this to this poor innocent being.

Christina Uhlir
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3 months ago

Not enough, Haleema, we all have to join in fight to rid our planet of evil, and that takes commitment, we all - the consumers, are contributing to destruction of life on this planet - including our own; all those deadly bacteria and viruses are the work of human ignorance, arrogance, apathy, indifference, laziness, selfishness, and cruelty. Humans have to change the way they eat and live. In order to rid the planet of evil we all have the role to play, every individual has to start with himself/herself... or we all be miserable, and after we destroy all animals on this planet...than we'll cease to exist ourselves.

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Karen Morana
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3 months ago

So very sad people are so cruel.

Pamela Gibson
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3 months ago

Yeah for sure so called human beings are there downfall those sweet animals at there ruthless mercy, just shows how people are such scum there is something gone horribly wrong with humanity.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes, something did go horribly wrong with humanity... and it the fault of all of us!!!!

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Renee Schreader
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3 months ago

I HATE PEOPLE!!!

Christina Uhlir
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3 months ago (edited)

That is very generalized statement, Renee, there are good people who work tirelessly to save our planet, who fight against cruelty to innocent creatures, although just relatively few, because "good" people will not join them, they only complain about poor condition of their own life. What made me angry lately was the following utterly wrong believe: "we (humans) have to respect each other and live in peace, only then our compassion can be extended to animals." .... so what they are saying is that animals must suffer because humans cannot co-exist in peace??? This an abhorrent notion!! Just the opposite is true!!! Humans are incapable, unable to rule themselves in any remotely just manner and co-exist in peace while denying peace and existence to all other sentient beings which inhabit our planet - in fact, they were here first. Human rights and justice did not and will not happen without animal rights, their rights to be treated humanely and be happy, just like we want for ourselves.

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Esther Mantel
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3 months ago

Humans killed them needlessly! We’re the only animal that does this! At least they won’t have to suffer anymore!😈

katboxjanitor
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3 months ago

A beautiful tribute to an amazingly intelligent being, senselessly murdered.

Christina Uhlir
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3 months ago

...what will we do for those who are still alive.....not for long though? Every single person on this planet can do a lot to save our planet and ALL life it supports: start with yourselves, change your life style, support the REPUTABLE environmental and animal protection organizations, do something, please.

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Elizabeth Orozco
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3 months ago

As a human, I am so sorry!!!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

....unfortunately they are here on earth, murdering innocent creatures while praying for peace and happiness for themselves; despicable sub-human murderers, they will not stop till the entire planet is destroyed, until every sentient, innocent animal is massacred, than those greedy, compasionless sub-human monsters will drown in their own waste.....and they'll take all of us down with them. Fight against destruction of our planet and cruelty to animals like your own life depends on it, because it does.

John Seidel
Community Member
3 months ago

The fishermen do the same sort of thing with sea lions in Monterey Bay. Probably everywhere. The result is terrible to see.

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

Yes it is. What will be doing about it?? There's plenty every single human can do!!!

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Drishti Pillai
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3 months ago

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Lars
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3 months ago

Disgusting barbarians

Theresa Argast
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3 months ago

What’s wrong with people!

M James
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3 months ago

This is shameful tragedy is without an equally proportionate justice...Please have the guilty publicly named & brought to light, nonetheless.

Albert Ambrosia
Community Member
3 months ago

I pray to GOD ALMIGHTY these people are found and fireworks are forced into their mouth and butts and let them die horribly as this poor elephant and her baby died. All animal abusers, enablers, trophy hunters, poachers, judges, etc who do not hand out stiff sentences should also be given the oral and anal fireworks death

Mark Morey
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3 months ago

No comment. Just tears.

AzKhaleesi
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3 months ago

I wanna cry.... and I would NEVER hurt animals especially elephants. They are so damn beautiful

Christina Uhlir
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3 months ago

Thank you AzKhaleesi, but we cannot forget that farm animals are sentient beings as well, they suffer immensely in factory farms and die in unconscionable agony at the slaughter houses because of human hideous insatiable appetite for meat, dairy, and eggs. Male chicks are ground - ALIVE to a pink slime, so humans could eat tons of eggs! Cows are artificially impregnated every year and their calves are taken away from them even though their cries of anguish are unmistakable; their babies are put in small crates, so small that they cannot turn around and stretch their legs, then they are heinously murdered.... millions of them!!! No other creature in nature drinks mother's milk after weaning, let alone the milk of another species, only humans are capable of such perversion!! Not even destroying their own health will stop them: the chronic, painful inflammations and diseases: arthritis, diabetes, kidney failer, heart diseases - clogged arteries, Alzhemier's, and various cancers.

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Vinniegret
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3 months ago

This heinous act is too terrible for words

Nick Nickson
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3 months ago

WTF??? Why someone do such things to so innocent creature? Why my neigbor didn't eat this fruit? Whyyyyyy?

Nick Nickson
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3 months ago

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Vicki Perizzolo
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3 months ago

I sincerely hope the person(s) involved die a horrible, agonizing, slow, painful death.....

Mimi Patterson
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3 months ago

This is just barbaric 😢 💔

Patricia Anne Gouk
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3 months ago

😢😱😢

Jane Taylor
Community Member
3 months ago

my heart is breaking, we are all Gods creations, Elephants amazing beautiful creatures with gentle souls and are one of his many gifts to man kind. Thank you and Gods blessings to all the wonderful people who fight to save the worlds precious precious creatures

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

....... God is not of much help.

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KG Mohan
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3 months ago

Please do a fact check. No one force-fed the elephant. It was meant for wild pigs from destroying farm produce. The incident took place not in Malappuram as the edit goes.

Ohio Sharon
Community Member
3 months ago

I LOVE this picture. I have a feeling that's how most animals feel about us humans. So sad!

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

What picture do you love?

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Khushboo Khan
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3 months ago

exactly !

AllyBug
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3 months ago

here come the waterworks

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago

What a monster.

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ning ding
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3 months ago

who would be so stupid to stuff a pineapple with fire crackers???

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Stupid? They knew exactly what they were doing (read the introductory story). Humans take more and more land from wilderness, they are multiplying in incredibly fast pace, and raise billions upon the billions of domesticated animals to be murdered to satisfy human insatiable appetite for meat, dairy, and eggs. This takes lot of land, many atrocities, lot of destruction to happen. It will destroy all of us; don't let it happen, get involved, change your lifestyle, support environmental and animal protection organizations, please!!!! ".... if we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and we do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." - Anna Sewell

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Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
3 months ago

The "farmers" who do this should ask, "What would Ganesh do?"

Nona Wolf
Community Member
3 months ago

As an animal lover, this makes me sick. But I wonder... where are the tears and outrage for the 2 million babies that get aborted every year. Are they not as valuable?

Christina Uhlir
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

.....please stop already. What do you do for those unwanted children which weren't aborted, Nona? The government has to take care of them, feed them, cloth them, educate them, I bet that you are complaining about high taxes!!!!!

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Lavender Brown
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3 months ago

As a human I am sorry for this.

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fro_st puppy
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3 months ago

yes thats what we all want to know. why would anyone do such a thing? that poor elephant

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Berry Budgie
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3 months ago

This one touched me😢

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George-Florin Constantin
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3 months ago

Agent Smith was right about humans. We are a plague upon the face of the planet.

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Berry Budgie
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3 months ago

Powerful words🥺

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Thatshedley Ibohjin
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3 months ago

I'm sorry to be part of this stupidity as a human

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SweetCrescentMoon
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3 months ago

At this point I think we deserve the covid 19. Just look at the horrible stuff we do...

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A Lazy Spider
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3 months ago

Poor poor elephant, how could anyone do such a thing? I hope her tears are now tears of joy that she’s not sharing a world with people like that. She didn’t deserve it

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blubfisher
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3 months ago

Hilarious?

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Eva Bryson
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3 months ago

All lives matter!

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Khushboo Khan
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3 months ago

this is really sad

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THE DOG LIFE
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3 months ago

That is so sad:(

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TheReader19
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3 months ago

I cannot begin to comprehend how someone could even think of doing such an evil thing. What can possibly be happening in your life that you would destroy the lives of such beautiful creatures?

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Paul Chang
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3 months ago

I love it when I go into the wilderness and not see anyone all day long

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beja flor
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3 months ago

So sad :(

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Sperenity
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3 months ago

Nice touch on the teardrop.

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ROBERT NELSON
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3 months ago

awwww so sad

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Freya the Wanderer
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3 months ago

Excellent quote, all too true!

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Eva Bryson
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3 months ago

I feel sorry for us.

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Jacob Talbott
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3 months ago

mind illusion

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Annabeth Chase
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3 months ago

They're both in a much better place now. Humans are horrible.

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Christina Uhlir
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3 months ago

Humans are plague.

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SweetCrescentMoon
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3 months ago

I don't even trust humans... And I am one

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Kat Khatib
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3 months ago

I am bawling my eyes out. I can feel what this poor defenseless animal felt. Makes me sick.

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LazyPanda
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3 months ago (edited)

I just can't believe that someone is even able to come up with an idea like this... How can anyone do something like this... I have no words

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Christina Uhlir
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3 months ago

What you mean RIP Humanity? Burn in hell humanity.

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Annabeth Chase
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3 months ago

lil elephant sitting there 😭

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Toni
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3 months ago

wow..how awful

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veronica bingham
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3 months ago

The more l see of people the more l prefer the company of animals.!!!

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CHUA YEE HWEE
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3 months ago

this is what the poor elephant thought:humans are so good! they gave free food to me and baby! she was pregnant and did not know there were fire crackers in the pineapple. It was not her fault. It was our fault. Rest in peace Momma elephant and baby

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Christina Uhlir
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3 months ago

.....yea, it's only for damn humans, till they completely destroy it, than they'll go to hell.

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Molly Block
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3 months ago

Disgusted this happened. Probably some kids thinking it would be a "fun" prank. Maybe they didn't realize or mean to kill such a large magnificent creature. I'm just confused how how the firecrackers were set off, without a flame.

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