Photograph by Bobby Bhargawa
MACHILI TIGRESS – The iconic tigress of Ranthambore National Park, India, who has populated at least 60% of the Tigers of Ranthambore, has been caught in the middle of ugly human disagreements and fighting due to the loss of her K9 teeth and the decision to suppliment her food since 2011. Ground sources in India have informed that their has been an ongoing battle of wills as to whether Machali, the beautiful tigress of Ranthambhore, continue to recieve these food suppliments and some who say she is too old and must die naturally. It has been noted that iconic tiger man, Valmik Thapar, disagrees with the feeding of wild tigers. This is not the dispute, but in the case of Machali, the dispute is that various parties have now taken it upon themselves to say that Machali should not be fed as she is a wild tiger and nature should take its course.
The problem with this scenario, is that there is nothing natural about stopping Machali’s supplimental food. If the natural thing was to occur then in 2011 the decision to feed her should not have occurred. If this feeding is stopped now then this would be 1. a dangerous act as Machali can still kill baby dear, but also in her territory, people still collect wood. If Machali became so hungry from lack of food, a dreadful but avoidable human death is quite possible.
How could this iconic tigress who earned an estimated $800 million for tourism in India be left to die of starvation or even possibly ripped apart by a stronger predator, or worse still kill a human being, because science has somehow gone haywire.
There has been alleged petitioning to stop her being fed, still going on, while this revered and beloved tigress quietly moves around her territory in Ranthambore. Although Mr Thapar was one of India’s best tiger experts, in the case of Machali, to stop her food supply and say it is natural, is wrong and uneducated comments by others saying she is too old or it is un natural etc, is just blantant cruelty and has stunned tiger and animal lovers across the world.
Machili’s legendary ability to produce tiger cubs litters and raise them with super survival skills from varying mates in her life span has factly kept the genetic pool diverse and tiger population of Ranthambore as it is today. Without her, Ranthambore would be 60% less tigers.
Some of her litters of cubs were relocated to Sariska National Park to repopulate the tigers in the forest again, after the horrifying poaching of all tigers in Sariska in 2004. Whatever the truth behind this “fight” to feed or not to feed Machali, it is highly suspect that professional tiger experts could possibly call ceasing a food supply given for nearly 4 years, is natural.
Cee4life feel so strongly about the last of India’s tigers (they are going extinct) and strongly support in speaking for her her and supporting the continuation of her life. Cee4life has urged the NTCA to continue to provide Machili with food, to protect her, with the possibility of a bauma built for her. Just in the same humane manner in which another inconic Indian tiger named who was ailing “Charger” was cared for until the end.
The mere thought of how this horrible slow and agonizing death of Machali could benefit in any way is not understandable to the moral human being.
As the worlds outcry over humanity for Machali contines, the world is also seeing exactly how low and lost the moral core of some human beings has become, and the unbalanced slant of science.
Cee4life believes there is no reason for this conflict as NTCA has the perfect example of the handling of Charger to already go by.
We doubt there is one humane person on this earth that wishes to see Machili starved to death, or ripped apart by another predator etc. But what is absolute is the world is now watching heavily and urging the protection of this magnificent tigress.
Some people have been seen in social media saying things to the effect of “let her die its her time” or “she looks famished she should be left to die”or “she is a troubled soul”.
Firstly, an animal loves life just as much as a human does no matter what age or condition captive or wild, secondly, Machali is certainly an amazing age for a wild tigerss at 17 as usually they are poached and dead by 6 – 10 due to the lack of will to create and pay antipoaching teams in India, however if cared for in the correct environment, Machli could live another 10 years +. Numerous tigers in captivity have lived to 26, 28 and we have known one at 32. Thirdly, recent photos of Machali do not show a famished tiger that should be left to die, but Machali is far from famished, she has alot of life left if humanity wins over a twist of science. We have actually seen and know what a famished starved on deaths door tiger looks like, Melani of Indonesia. Yet after numerous “experts” advised euthaniase her, after her rescue in June 2013, she is still going and looking so much better, with correct care.
Whatever this on going “to feed or not to feed” truely is, it is obvious that the distinction between humane care and cruelty seems to have vacated some peoples minds.
When the decision was made to feed Machali in 2011, that was the end of the natural process and a dedicated to feed her for life, however to attempt to end it now would be deliberate animal cruelty of the highest order. Considering the Tiger is the symbol of India, with only 1000 or so left, you would think people would understand that every tiger counts.
Machali still has vital genetics that can be collected and used in the future.
This is a heartbreaking and sad situation for this beloved world adored Tigress.
Where has humanity gone? Have we humans got so caught up in our own egos that we cannot understand the difference between humane care and deliberate death sentences.
Machali will be saved by humanity. We humans did this to her, and we humans must stay with her forever.
In Machali’s case, this will show exactly how much care and humanity is left on earth.
Cee4life will do everything in our power to bring back a little humanity for the creatures of this earth and will travel to visit this beloved Tigress in June 2014.
NTCA we urge you to stop this wickedness now.