Her name is Machli and she roams freely and majestically inside the Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan.
In case you didn’t know, most tigers die by age 15, so Machli has indeed outlived her species.
In fact, tourists and wildlife enthusiasts flock to Ranthambore to catch a glimpse of the famed tigress.
But Machli surfaced 26 days later in a different part of the park leading officials to speculate that younger tigers had pushed her from her territory.
In fact, Machli has been a real draw. According to a report, it is her presence that has helped Ranthambore National Park make approximately Rs.65 crore per annum for the last 10 years.
King Of Cats
According to another report, park officials devotedly feed her using baits. But being a tigress, Machli often gets a kill.
Anurag Sharma, a wildlife enthusiast, told India Today that Machli now kills smaller animals by using her body weight to break their backbones. The other way is by snatching food from leopards.
Often her own children bring food to her. Of course, there are many legends surrounding her.
Everyone hopes she will live past age 25 and break the record held by Chatty Flavio, the world’s oldest tiger who died on January 5, 2014 in Tampa, Florida, United States.