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The Grande Dame

By alansnap  
Machali (pronounce "Muchly") the grande dame of Ranthambhore. She's 16 or 17 years old and lost several canine teeth 8 years ago when she picked a fight with a crocodile when the lake dried out. After several hours she won, but at the price of several teeth. It doesn't seem to have held her back too much.

She walked towards us through the bush and close enough to the back of our jeep that my wife could have reached out and touched her. Machali was oblivious to it all as she was just looking for somewhere quiet to get a bit of kip.


Tags: India Tiger Rajasthan Wildlife and nature Ranthambhore Panthera tigris tigris

Voters: HarveySquires, NaturesHaven, baxster and 28 more

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1 May 2012 8:19PM
cracking capture.

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JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 8:21PM
Super shot & weren't you lucky to be so close
1 May 2012 8:30PM
stunning shot

LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 8:32PM
Oh how wonderful to have been so close to this magnificent creature. Gorgeous shot.
alansnap Plus
12 577 26 United Kingdom
1 May 2012 8:35PM
Thanks everyone, we were very lucky, but we had an excellent guide too, so it's really full marks to Raj for getting us this close.
rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
1 May 2012 11:23PM
Superb !!!! Alan.
alansnap Plus
12 577 26 United Kingdom
4 May 2012 9:43AM
Thank you Ron for the Ua, it's much appreciated.
MikeRC Plus
11 3.6k United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 2:32PM
...cracking shot....I recently watched a TV program about this doubt you knew that Smile

iancrowson 6 211 142 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2012 3:01PM
Excellent capture, bet you glad you were using a long lens

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