Images of India : India’s beloved tiger dies sparking outpouring of grief…

TigerIndia’s most famous tiger, photographed by thousands of tourists over the years at a popular northern wildlife park, died, days after the ageing animal stopped eating. Machli had been the star attraction of Ranthambore National Park for years because of her seemingly calm nature and penchant for posing for cameras. She even had her own Facebook page. The longest-surviving tigress age 20, had been slowing down in recent years and had lost her teeth. Endangered Royal Bengal tigers live on average for 10 to 15 years. Her death made national headlines in India, while saddened fans took to social media to pay their respects to the “lady of the lake” and the “queen of Ranthambore”. Featured in wildlife documentaries, she was once filmed successfully battling a four-metre (14-foot) long crocodile. Machli, the Hindi word for fish because of shaped markings on her face, also had 11 cubs over the years whose offspring make up almost half the park’s tiger population. India is home to more than half of the world’s tiger population with some 2,226 of the animals roaming its reserves, according to the last count in 2014.