Monday’s Union Minister Bhupender Yadav said that “Collarwali”, the famous tigress of Madhya Pradesh’s Pench Tiger Reserve, who died Saturday, will be “acutely regretted” and that her contribution to the restoration of the ecological balance in India by increasing the tiger population will be remembered forever.
T15, a 17-year-old tigress also known as T15, was awarded the title of “supermom” after giving birth to 29 cubs in eight litters over 11 years.
“Collarwali,” the Pench Tiger Reserve’s legendary tigress, Madhya Pradesh, was tweeted by the environment and forest minister.
He added, “Her contribution in restoring the ecological balance through improving the tiger population of India will be forever remembered.”
According to the Pench Tiger Reserve, ‘Collarwali” died on Saturday at 6.15pm in the Karmajhiri Range of the reserve from old age.
A team of foresters have been keeping an eye on the big cat’s health over the past week.
Pench Tiger Reserve visitors last saw the tigress on January 14. She looked very weak from old age.
Experts estimate that a tiger’s average age is 12 years.