MP’s famous ‘Collarwali’ tigress dies at 16

She had earned the title of “super mom” after giving birth to 29 cubs, a record in India

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Collarwali,  the legendary tigress of Madhya Pradesh’s Pench Tiger Reserve in Chhindwara district, has died after prolonged illness. She had earned the title of “super mom” after giving birth to 29 cubs, a record in India. She was 16.

Having given to the reserve so many litters, she had also earned the name Mataram. Her 29 cubs had come in eight litters between 2008 and 2018. More satisfactorily, 25 of the 29 cubs survived.

Alok Mishra, field director, Pench Tiger Reserve has been quoted as saying: “The tiger was ill due to old age. She was last spotted near Bhura Dev Nullah on January 14. She was spotted lying down. She was under the observation of veterinary doctors and was unable to walk. She passed away at 6.15 pm the next day.”

 He added: “The Collarwali was the most popular tigress among tourists. She was born to T 7, popularly known as Badimada and T 1, known as Charger in 2005. In 2008, a team of experts from Dehradun fitted a radio collar on her. She lived in the wild for more than 16 years which is also a record.

 According to Aniruddha Majumder, a scientist at state forest research institute, Jabalpur, her “legacy is not limited to Pench as her female cub was shifted to Panna Tiger Reserve who gave birth to five cubs and contributed a lot in the success of the relocation project of tigers in Panna Tiger Reserve.”

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