Machli, the famous tigress from Ranthambore National Park of Rajasthan, died on Thursday after being critically ill for more than a week. Called the ‘Queen of Ranthambore’, the 19-year-old tigress was the longest surviving tigress in the wild, suggest reports. Forest officials were reported saying that Machli was barely eating or moving in the last few days and a team of veterinary doctors were monitoring her condition.
Park guides often recount the fierce bout with a 14-foot-long crocodile as one of the most remembered incidents about Machli. A video, that has been posted on YouTube, shows how ferocious Machli was during her prime years. In the video, Machli overpowers the massive crocodile using her heavily-built frame. Apart from twisting the crocodile, visuals show how Machli grabbed the aquatic reptile by her teeth causing major injuries to the back of its neck which ultimately led to its death.
According to reports, the tigress lost many of her canines in the bout. Subsequently, Machli was given baits to ensure her survival along with a team of forest guards keeping track of her movements.
Machli is also touted to be one of the most photographed big cats. Her popularity can be gauged by the presence of multiple Facebook pages dedicated to her. Tourists visiting the Ranthambore Park were mostly looking for a glimpse of the tigress.
According to IANS reports, Machli’s body has been taken for post mortem to the Ama Ghati check post after which it will be cremated. Field Director of Ranthambore, Y K Sahu spoke to IANS and said that the cremation would prevent the harvesting of body parts. During her lifetime, Machli had given birth to eleven tiger cubs, reported The Hindu.