I’ve been trying to write this for the past hour, and it’s one of the hardest things i’ve ever had to do. Forgive me if I get too personal.
I’ve been notified that Machli, our grand dame, has been reported missing and has not been seen for several weeks. What’s most disturbing about this, is that she went missing in the same place as her daughter did last year. I know the Forest Department will go above and beyond to try and find Machli, and that they will not rest until they succeed but I think that everyone is preparing for the worst.
Machli is nearly 17 years old, and has lost all of her canine teeth. She is healthy, but without the Forest Department, she will struggle to find food. The place where she’s gone missing is hostile to tigers, and is notorious for being a safe haven for illegal wood-cutting, mining and cattle grazing aswell as revenge killings on tigers.