Pictures showing the remarkable Fᴜɴᴇʀᴀʟ service held for a tiger who ᴅɪᴇᴅ in India have been released by the Ministry of Forestry in Madhya Pradesh. Photographs taken at the service showed a ʜᴜɴᴛɪɢᴇʀ laid on a bonfire, draped in a shroud and covered with flower petals.
The tigress, officially named T15 but known in India as Collarwali, is famous in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Central India and beyond, is said to have raised dozens of cubs, earning her the nickname Unofficial brand name is ‘Supermom’.
The Department of Forest in Madhya Pradesh said that several key officials, including Forest Minister Dr. Kunwar Vijar Shah, had traveled to attend the tiger’s Fᴜɴᴇʀᴀʟ at the Tiger Reserve In Pench National Park.
On Twitter, the organization explained that the tiger had ᴘᴀssᴇᴅ ᴀᴡᴀʏ from old age. She was estimated to be about 16 and a half years old. Between 2008 and 2018, she reportedly gave birth to eight litters and produced a staggering total of 29 cubs. Collarwali “made an unforgettable contribution in increasing the family of tigers in Pench,” they said.
During her lifetime, tiger numbers while low have rebounded in India. According to the 2018 report Status of Tigers in India, there are an estimated 2,967 of the animals in the country, which accounts for more than 80 percent of the global total. That figure was up significantly from the 2010 population estimate of 1,706.
The state said that her ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ had triggered a “ᴡᴀᴠᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴍᴏᴜʀɴɪɴɢ” by wildlife lovers in the area.
In recent decades, successive Indian governments have worked to help conserve dwindling tiger populations in the country since the launch of Project Tiger in 1973, following the species designation. This is the national animal of India.
The World Wildlife Fund, which has joined the conservation efforts for the animals in India, says their population in the country is stable or increasing at the moment. It says, however, that tigers continue to face human ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛs such as habitat ᴅᴇsᴛʀᴜᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, ᴘᴏᴀᴄʜɪɴɢ and ʀᴇᴛᴀʟɪᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.