The Grim Reaper cut a strip through the ranks of society’s artists, performers and celebrities in 2016, claiming a host of famous pets and animals as well.
Machali, who passed away on August 18th of 2016, was a Bengal tigress who lived in India’s Ranthambore National Park. Assessed to be 20 years old at the time of her passing, Machali grew to be India’s most well-known and most-photographed wild tiger. Famed for her hunting ability, Machali lost two canine teeth in 2003 when she took on and slaughtered a 14ft-long crocodile. Machali gave birth to 11 cubs over her longer-than-average lifespan and the famous tigress was cremated according to traditional Hindu sacraments at a public ceremony.
(via The Indian Express)
Harambe, a Western lowland gorilla who was shot by officers of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden on May 28th of 2016, one day after his 17th birthday. The conditions of Harambe’s demise were widely dispersed by both the mass media and via YouTube videos so we’ll refrain from repeating them here.