Machhli, India's most photographed tiger, dies at 19 in Ranthambore

India's most famous tiger, fondly known as Machhli breathed her last on Thursday afternoon at Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan.

FP Staff August 20, 2016 20:02:42 IST
Forest officials and locals at the cremation of India's most famous tigress Machhli. The tigress, photographed by hundreds and loved by thousands, breathed her last on Thursday afternoon at Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
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Forest officials and locals at the cremation of India's most famous tigress Machhli. The tigress, photographed by hundreds and loved by thousands, breathed her last on Thursday afternoon at Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
Machhli was found starving and laying down on her side in a bamboo patch near the boundary of the park. The Tigress had been sick for the past few weeks and had stopped eating. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
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Machhli was found starving and laying down on her side in a bamboo patch near the boundary of the park. The Tigress had been sick for the past few weeks and had stopped eating. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
The tigress had crossed the average life span of Endangered Royal Bengal tigers who live on average for 10 to 15 years. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
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The tigress had crossed the average life span of Endangered Royal Bengal tigers who live on average for 10 to 15 years. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
Hemraj Meena, guide and naturalist at the funeral of Machhli in Ranthambore. The death of the tigress made national headlines in India. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
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Hemraj Meena, guide and naturalist at the funeral of Machhli in Ranthambore. The death of the tigress made national headlines in India. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
Machhli's death comes as a massive search continues for another much-loved tiger in the western state of Maharashtra who disappeared from a wildlife sanctuary in April. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena
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Machhli's death comes as a massive search continues for another much-loved tiger in the western state of Maharashtra who disappeared from a wildlife sanctuary in April. Firstpost / Hemraj Meena