India's Most Famous Tiger Machli, 'Queen of Ranthambore', Dies at 19 Machli was described as one of the world's most photographed tigers and the oldest female tiger living in the wild Published Aug 18, 2016 at 4:34 PM | Updated at 4:35 PM EDT on Aug 18, 2016
India's most famous tiger, Machali, is cremated with full honor by Forest Department personel and wildlife lovers at Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan state on August 18, 2016.
India's most famous tiger, photographed by thousands of tourists over the years at a popular northern wildlife park, died on August 18, days after the ageing animal stopped eating. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
India's Ranthambore National Park announced that the country's famed tiger, Machli, died Thursday at the age of 19, NBC News reported.
Also known as the "Queen of Ranthambore," Machli was described as one of the world's most photographed tigers and the oldest female tiger living in the wild.
She had not eaten for five days and had been unwell, the park said in a statement announcing her death.
Machli's name — sometimes spelled Machhli or Machali — came from the Hindu word for fish because of a fish-shaped mark on her face.