Machhli, The Oldest Tigress Has Passed Away And Here Is Her Story!

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There have been a lot of documentaries; even photographers were lured by the beauty of this tigress named Machhli who lived in Ranthambore National Park located at Sawai Madhopur district in Rajasthan. The popular tigress died after a long-term illness on Thursday. The 19-year-old tigress had stopped taking any food for the last five days and finally passed away.

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Why This Beautiful Tigress Was Named As Machhli?

This well-shaped, brightly striped tigress was also known as the Queen of Ranthambore with a lot of people’s admiration. Tourists visited the park just to spot the tigress and capture her within the frame in her majestic poses. She was not just the major tourist attraction but also the oldest tigress in India.

There are Facebook pages dedicated to Machhli and no doubt, she has a huge fan following. Her name “Machhli” (meaning fish) comes from a mark on her face that looks like fish. She has also given birth to 11 cubs in her lifetime that included seven females and four male cubs.

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There are Facebook pages dedicated to Machhli and no doubt, she has a huge fan following. Her name “Machhli” (meaning fish) comes from a mark on her face that looks like fish. She has also given birth to 11 cubs in her lifetime that included seven females and four male cubs.

Machhli Fought A Strong Crocodile To Death:

However, it was not just her beauty but her fighting instinct that kept her alive under the most difficult circumstances. In June 2003, there was a drought in Ranthambore and animals were searching for food and water. Machhli had a few waterbodies lying in her territory. Machhli had never let any other animal take away her prey. On 27 June in that year, a crocodile targeted.

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On 27 June in that year, a crocodile targeted Machhli’s prey and she fought for hours with the croc and finally killed it. The tigress lost her two canines in the battle. This fight was recorded by many wildlife lovers and it helped Machhli rise to this huge fame.

Her Survival Instinct Had No Parallel:

Despite being an aged tigress, Machhli had never let any younger tiger get the better of her. She even fought a young male tiger which had claimed a sambar that Machhli had killed. She is honoured by the government with a postal stamp that carries her picture, just like a leader.

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Two years ago, Machhli’s disappearance had caused a lot of anxiety among the wildlife enthusiasts as well as the forest officers. Machhli was the sole contributor in the Ranthambore National Park as she brought Rs. 65 Crore every year being the tourist attraction. The respected forest officer of Ranthambore, Daulat Singh had put his best efforts and brought Machhli back to her territory from where she was driven by her own daughter.

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The respected forest officer of Ranthambore, Daulat Singh had put his best efforts and brought Machhli back to her territory from where she was driven by her own daughter.

The legend of Machhli such that she will always be remembered by those who have witnessed her majestic beauty. Machhli not just a legendary big cat, she is the most photographed tigress ever.

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