Death – Nihar Nalini, foster mother of ‘Khairi’ passes away at 93

Death – Obituary


Cuttack: Nihar Nalini, who was foster parent of tigress Khairi in Similipal Tiger Reserve, died today in Cuttack due to age-related ailments. She passed away at an age of 93 at an old age home in the city.

Nihar Nalini came in contact with a female tiger cub at the Similipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj District in October 1974 where her brother Saroj Raj Choudhury was working as the Field Director of the tiger reserve.

Some locals initially found the tiger cub unattended near the Khairi river. They brought the tigress cub to Saroj Raj Choudhury and this was a special seven-year relationship between him and the big cat. Saroj Raj and sister Nihar Nalini named the tigress as ‘Khairi’ after the river.

Along with brother Saroj Raj, Nihar Nalini used to feed ‘Khairi’ mutton and milk powder with her hands. The bonding was so intense that the big cat used to sleep beside Nihar Nalini in the same bed.

The tigress died in 1981 of rabies. She reportedly contracted rabies after being bitten by a stray dog on the bungalow premises of Saroj Raj.


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In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

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