Having several close encounters somewhere deep in my heart I knew that this could probably be Machhli’s last season… Despite knowing that age is fast catching up with Machhli and she may cross the river any now and then… I never wanted to accept that it is time for her to go…
As came the day which I never wanted
to witness… 18th August 2016, the day Queen left for happy hunting grounds… An era has come to an end… She has said goodbye to the world, to her millions of fans around the globe… and with heavy heart the world has bid adieu to the queen… Sadly, there will be no more sightings of Machhli.
We had booked alliance de francaise on 12th august it was hardly believed that the premier to the film which was to be sawn on 21st of august for the longest living tigeress in the wild was need hurried editing, with the film would have run as original.
Memories entangle me as I sit and rewind my memories, the first that flashes on my mind is of her as a very small cub in the caring and gentle jaws of her mother… and then of 2002, when I sighted her with three of her cubs on a golden silhouette near the Rajbagh lake of the park… The memory I cherish the most…
With Machhli since she was a cub, till my last meeting a few month’s ago gave me premonition this being the last meeting.
Machhli has a beautiful fish shaped mark on left side of her face and that is how she got the name. Her contribution to Ranthambore is undeniable. Machhli has given eleven cubs to the reserve forest in the four times she has delivered. In a country, where tiger conservationists seem to be slowly losing the battle against falling numbers, her contribution to the rising population of tigers in the reserve only adds to the legend of Machhli.
No other tiger in recent memory has captured as much public attention as Machhli. Sometime back, Media was suddenly awash with stories of Machhli strutting out of a hotel room in Sawai Madhopur, the property located at a stone’s throw away from her former territory. Perhaps she had gone in to see how humans live.
I have been observing her quite closely from the time when she was a cub of few days; the sheer pleasure this magnificent
My last encounter with Machhli