Tuesday, Jul 05, 2022

Super Mom Tigeress Who Gave Birth To 29 Cubs Dies In MP's Pench Reserve

Popularly known as collarwali, a tigress who gave birth to 29 cubs has died in Madhya Pradesh's Pench Tiger Reserve. She was given farewell by locals, forest officials and security personnel.

Super Mom Tigress, also known as Collarwali and Mataram gave birth to 29 cubs.
Super Mom Tigress, also known as Collarwali and Mataram gave birth to 29 cubs. Twitter

The T-15 tigress from Madhya Pradesh's Pench Tiger Reserve has died, leaving the locals and forest authorities in shock. Collarwali, a name given to her by the locals of that area, died due to old age. She was more than 16 years old. She was also one of the most photographed tigress in the world.

India is home to about 3,000 tigers, a species which is classified as Endangered in the Red List of Threatened Species published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

Forest officials, locals, bureaucrats and politicians have expressed sorrow on social media and shared photos of the last rites of the super mom tigress. 

Neha Shrivastava, a forest service civil servant tweeted the photo of a lady biding farewell to the tigress. She said that the contribution of the tigress was immense in restoring back the ecological balance of the tiger population. She also informed that the super mom was popularly called, 'Mataram' (the mother of Pench).

 Aditi Garg, an IAS officer tweeted the photos of the tigress, being carried for her last rites. Terming her as the queen of Pench, she quoted a poem of William Blake, 

Tiger Tiger, burning bright,

 In the forests of the night; 

What immortal hand or eye, 

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?’

~ William Blake

On seeing the love and affection with which people are bidding farewell to the tigress, Parveen Kaswan, an IFS officer tweeted, "Where else you will find such view other than India?"

Narottam Mishra, a cabinet minister in the Madhya Pradesh government said that the title of tiger state being given to the state of Madhya Pradesh cis incomplete without taking into consideration, the contributions of tigress super mom. He tweeted in hindi,