Oldest 'Tiger Queen' Machhli Dies


Legendary tigress Machhli, who was the world's oldest tigress in the wild, died in Ranthambhore National Park in Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan on Thursday after a prolonged illness, during which she had stopped eating for the last five days. She was 19-years-old, while the average age of a tiger is 14 to 15 years.

The tigress was found on the fringe of the park in Ama Ghati area, adjacent to a luxury resort, in an indisposed condition five days ago. The forest staff, which cordoned off the area, was monitoring her condition and trying to feed her, but her condition did not improve. She breathed her last at 9:52 a.m. on Thursday.
Machhli was known by many names including the' lady of the lakes' and a 'crocodile killer'.
Also referred to as T 16 , Machhli was probably the world's most photographed tigress. She was named Machhli , because of the marks on her face that resemble a fish. She had contributed more than $10 million a year to the economy of Ranthambore over the last 10 years.
Machhli played a significant role in populating the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, as she was blessed with 11 tiger cubs, including seven females and four males.

Machhli had lost all her canines during her fight with a crocodile a few years ago. She was given baits to ensure her survival and a dedicated team of forest guards used to keep track of her movements.

We Miss you Queen,...
Anyway RIP Machhli.

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