We absolutely hate doing this but sadly enough we’ve got to share the latest news on our beloved Tigers even if they happen to be depressing ones.
The erstwhile Queen of Ranthambhore, the Legendary 16 year old Matriarch, Tigress Machali (T-16) has been missing since the last couple of weeks.
Ever since she was dethroned by her own daughter a few years back, she had been living the life of a recluse in a tiny area called Baba-ki-Gufa. However, strong pressure from her own grandsons T-64 & T-65 as well as her own daughter Unnis / Krishna T-19 and her son-in-law Star Male (T-28) led to her eviction from the area in the last 6 months. She gracefully accepted defeat and quietly travelled to the vacant Peeli Ghati area to spend her last days. However, since this area is in the periphery of the park which adjoins the infamous Badlav village, notorious for being a safe haven for illegal wood-cutters, illegal cattle grazing, illegal mining as well as gory revenge killing of Tigers. It is imperative to mention that this is the same area from where Machali’s daughter Satra or Sundari (T-17) disappeared last year, leaving her 3 cubs to fend for themselves.
Although the forest department seems to have deployed several tracking teams to locate her whereabouts, we fear for the worst since not a single shred of evidence of either her existence or death has been recovered. We shall post the latest updates as soon as we hear from the Forest staff………..