Sick pranksters killed a pregnant elephant by feeding her lit fireworks, it has been claimed.
Cops believe the elephant approached villagers in Karala, India, to beg for food – but local sickos gave her a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers instead.
She died in agony after the blast ripped off half her mouth – collapsing after three days of staggering through the Valiyar River.
A local wildlife expert said: “She was unable to eat after she chewed the pineapple and it exploded.
”It is certain that she was offered the pineapple filled with crackers to eliminate her.”
Forest officer Mohan Krishnan added: “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.
“So powerful was the cracker explosion in her mouth that her tongue and mouth were badly injured. The elephant walked around in the village, in searing pain and in hunger. She was unable to eat anything because of her injuries.
“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. This is why I said, she is full of goodness.”