Addressing the nation on the 85th episode of his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio program on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the famous T-15 tigress, popularly known as the ‘Collarwali’ tigress, recently died in Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Noting compassion for every living being in Indian culture, he said that love for nature and compassion are in Indian culture as well as innate nature. “It was very evident during the last rites of the tigress ‘Collarwali’ which were performed with respect and affection,” he added.
Further recalling the last rites of the tigress, Prime Minister Modi said a glimpse of Indian culture was evident when a tigress left the world at Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. “People called her Tigress Collarwali, while the Forest Department named her T-15,” he said. Prime Minister Modi also mentioned that the death of the tigress left many people emotional as if someone from them had left the world behind. “People performed his last rites, said goodbye to him with respect and affection,” he added.
Prime Minister Modi also noted that Indians’ love for nature and living beings is greatly appreciated around the world.
Speaking about the life of the tigress, he added that she gave birth to 29 cubs in her lifetime and raised 25 of them to maturity. “We also celebrated this life of T-15 and when she left the world, we also bid her our heartfelt farewells. It is a specialty of Indians,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also spoke about elite horse Virat who also received a grand farewell as he retired after taking part in his last parade during the Republic Day celebrations this year.
Learn more about the tigress ‘Collarwali’
Tigress ‘Collarwali’ or T-15 was born in September 2005 and at the age of 16.5 she breathed her last on January 15, 2022 at 6.15pm in Beat Kumbhadev’s room number 589 in Karmajhiri region under Seoni. During her lifetime, she gave birth to 29 cubs and established her entire territory on the border of Pench, which was also a world record.
A documentary film was also made about her, titled “Tiger: Spy in the Jungle”. On March 11, 2008, experts from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun came to the reserve and radio-collared the tigress. Since then, she has come to be known as ‘Collarwali’.