When I got the email reminder for today’s daily prompt, I thought hmmm… Fierce, what do I cook up with that? Well, how bout I work on the weekly photo challenge and maybe something will come along related to such an intense topic.
While I was sifting through my collection, one of them happened to be from a trip to Mahabaleshwar hill station [you can see that post here. It reminded me of the lush green forests alongside those hills.
That was it! I had the cue to what I’d be writing on.
Oh why of course the Fierce Machli – the Tiger Queen!
In a land of battles once fought with swords, there came to be a new variety of reign. The claim to the jungle territory by a renowned Bengal Tigress, Machli. The legendary Lady of the Lakes held her throne atop the fortress of Rajbaug Lake in Ranthambore National Park of Rajasthan, India for over 10 years. She was the world’s most famous tigress and lived for over 19 years[1996-2016].
She inherited the name from her mother, the first Machli, so for the fish shaped mark on her face.Being the most dominant female in a litter of three cubs, she soon dethroned her own mother to command authority, at an early age of 3. Her tales of fearless bouts against her wild adversaries have been recounted throughout her years and now even after.
Machli had once fought a male tiger to protect her cubs. You can watch the video here She is aptly named the Queen Mother of tigers having birthed 11 cubs throughout a span of seven years in 4 litters. Most of the tigers of the park happen to be of her lineage.
She is the world’s most ever photographed tigress and has credits to innumerable documentaries. Machli has been an epitome of conservation and tourist attraction in India, thus the government had issued a commemorative postal cover and stamp to honour the tigress in 2013.
One of her equally famous tryst with a 14-foot long crocodile earned her the title of Crocodile Killer. Video here. Her prowess in hunting and immense strength have been aired multitudinously on BBC, National Geographic and Animal Planet channels. In her later years, Machli had been ousted by her own daughter Satra(aka Sundari) and had lost most of her canines and sight in one eye. She was unable to kill and depended mostly on the food provided by the park authorities. On August 18th, 2016 Machli succumbed to her frail health.
The majestic Machli, known for her ferocity and truly royal encounters continue to be the Queen of our Hearts!
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