New Delhi: Legendary Ranthambore tigress ‘Machhli’ died on Thursday. She was 19 years old.
Machhli had not eaten for five days before Thursday. 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.
“I first saw her in 1998 when she was roaming about the Jhalra area with her mother – the original Lady of the Lake – a title Machhli inherited after occupying the Rajbagh, Tambakhan, Padam talab and Mallik talab – an area that she never really left since then,” Rajpal Singh of the National Tiger Conservation Authority said yesterday.