India's Beloved Tiger Machli Dies
NEW DELHI, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Augst,2016) - India's most famous tiger, photographed by thousands of tourists over the years at a popular northern wildlife park, died on Thursday, days after the ageing animal stopped eating. Machli had been the star attraction of Ranthambore National Park for years because of her seemingly calm nature and penchant for posing for cameras, and she even had her own Facebook page. But Machli, the longest-surviving tigress in the park at the age of 20, had been slowing down in recent years and had lost her teeth. She was found starving and laying on her side this week near the park's boundary in Rajasthan state, sparking constant care by vets and park staff.
"We were trying to provide her treatment but she died.
It was a natural death linked to her age," Ranthambore tiger project director Yogesh Kumar Sahu told AFP. Endangered Royal Bengal tigers live on average for 10 to 15 years. Her death made national headlines in India, while saddened fans took to social media to pay their respects to the "lady of the lake" and the "queen of Ranthambore". Featured in wildlife documentaries, she was once filmed successfully battling a four-metre (14-foot) long crocodile, according to the park's website.