is a name I grew up with… No, it’s not somebody whom I know in person. It’s all about the tigress who captured almost all of India’s attention and the World’s attention for the last 20 years…She was the Queen of Ranthambore – Brave, Broody and Courageous. A tigress who contributed so much to Tiger conservation and brought conscious awareness towards her own species. An outright Royal Bengal Tiger in every way!
Sadly, she passed away today at 19. It feels like you have a lost a pet, or you have lost something so synonymous. I am not a wild-life admirer or an animal lover like my brother (I wonder, why and how we are exact opposites in every aspect of ourselves – I can write one long post about it :-P), yet I grew up watching episodes and episodes of documentaries about Machli along with my my brother. We had the habit of watching so much of NGC, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel as we grew up to become adults (btw, my brother still does).
I started off watching just for information about her, but I soon fell in love with Machli for all her qualities and the way she looked – a very unique Royal Bengal Tiger. Something in her just made me admire her…She influenced me in a way – watching her gave me confidence, it made me go wow and on top of everything, I felt very content and happy watching a Tiger! (Weird, isn’t it?).
“Machli, Though I am not a wildlife lover, I admire(d) you Machli… You definitely added joy and happiness to my life, that I can never find words to explain!”
I always have not missed reading any news about her as she grew older.. As we all knew she already outlived the average life span of tigers, I was still never prepared to get used to of not reading about her or seeing photos of her roaming around Ranthambore like the Queen she was. The day was today…Machli is no more! Well! The legend will live in the memories of people like me and we will always love you! #RIPMachli
I am thankful to have lived in the same era as her! Watching ‘n’ number of documentaries about her on wildlife channels with my brother is still so fresh in my mind and soul…
Here’s Machli’s Facebook Page🙂
Note to self:- Show documentary videos of Machli to Yuvan:-)
After note: This is taken from a Machli and a animal-lover’s facebook page i.e my brother… I think I would like to host it here, in the memory of Machli;