The Environment Ministry stated that the elephant may have accidentally eaten a cracker-stuffed coconut which caused injuries leading to her death.
Firecracker-filled fruits are commonly used by villagers In Kerala to protect their fields against wild boars. The practice has been widely condemned and is illegal. On Friday, June 5, the Kerala Forest Department arrested one person for his alleged involvement in the death of the pregnant elephant. Palakkad Superintendent of Police G Siva Vikram told the media that the accused - Wilson - works as a rubber tapper at a plantation in the district.
On June 8, 2020, the Union Ministry of Environment stated that as per the autopsy report the elephant had eaten a coconut and not a pineapple and she may have accidentally eaten the cracker-stuffed fruit. The ministry also said the injuries were at least two weeks old.
Shameer Parakode a member of the volunteer group that monitored the elephant before its death along with forest officials, said Wilson had confessed to the police that he had set up a snare for wild boars inside a coconut on May 12.