“Collarwali”, the famous tigress of Madhya Pradesh’s Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), who had earned the tag of “supermom” for giving birth to 29 cubs, has died, officials said.
As per PTI report, The 17-year-old tigress, also known as T15, died on Saturday evening, they said. She had given birth to 29 cubs in eight litters during the span of 11 years – between 2008 and 2018 – the officials said. According to experts, the average age of a tiger is about 12 years.
This female cub was radio-collared in March 2008. After that radio collar stopped functioning, she was again radio-collared in January 2010. The tigress later became famous as “Collarwali” or T15 tigress, the officials said.
In a rare occurrence, “Collarwali”, born as one of the four cubs to famous tigress T-7 in September 2005, had given birth to a litter of five cubs (four females and one male) on October 23, 2010, the officials said.
Madhya Pradesh, with 526 big cats, had emerged as the “tiger state” of the country in 2018.
A Pench Tiger Reserve’s press release said that the tigress died at around 6.15 pm on Saturday at the Karmajhiri range of the reserve.