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Baghin Nalla (Baghin Nalla female)

Totally different to both her famous mother and prodigious sister, Baghin is mercurial. She has really bad hair days, and yet can charm and preen just like the rest of her family, only a few minutes later. Her life has always been in the spotlight but she is naturally shier and more reserved than her famous sibling. Now on her third litter, following Baghin will never be predictable.

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Age: 14 years old (adult)
Name Meaning: Area name
Code: BM6
First seen: February 2006
Gender: Female
Notable marks: Light in colour but also large female

Born as part of her mother’s second known litter in October 2005 and overseen by her father, the aggressive dominant male of the area, appropriately named Charger. Together with her sister, the famous Collared Tigress, and two brothers she grew up under the spotlight of the wildlife ‘Big Brother’ TV programme, as the four cubs of the ‘Spy in the Jungle’ series, which was to be such a huge hit around the world in 2008.

Shier and less outgoing that her other siblings, she and her three siblings were followed by elephants with ‘trunk cams’ and played with ‘rock cams’ besides their favourite waterholes. As a result humans, pachyderms, technology and the unnatural sounds that they emit, were always around, and though they have not affected her or her family, it’s not always with pleasure that they are greeted.

With the fame came the visitors, eager to see them as youngsters, and it’s not surprising that soon both here and her sister, like their mother, were quick to use these admirers and their transport to their advantage. As a family they were seen hunting their favourite meals stalking behind this human induced cover - and the results were almost always in their favour.

Soon after her sister was radio collared, they split up as a family and Baghin took over a part of the Eastern side of her mother’s territory.  It is believed she had a single cub soon after in mid 2008, but it died at a young age. 

By December 2009 Baghin had given birth to another set of what is believed to have been three cubs, though two were only ever confirmed, a male (BN2) and a female (BN3) cub. She was seen only occasionally, preferring the peace and quiet of the eastern part of the park, but was known to enjoy travelling outside the park and eating cattle or buffalo, much to the consternation of the Forest staff.  Both her two youngsters grew to adulthood but their whereabouts are now unknown.

Less than two years since she last gave birth, in November 2011, Baghin had given birth to her  third litter of three cubs, two sons (BN5 & BN6)  and a daughter (BN7), near the Junewani road, which is now under the control of the father, BMW. (MW1)

In August 2013, Baghin again gave birth to what is beleived to be four cubs in a fourth litter, with BMW as the territorial father.

Follow Baghin as she brings up her fourth litter in the well watered Junewari area.

These life stories have been brought to you through records, diaries and photographs of many experts who have worked in Pench over the last twelve years, with Karun Verma, lodge naturalist, as the lead.  They have been written and edited by Julian Matthews.  Should you have any photos or information to add to, or dispute, these records them please help us by emailing the editorial team here

04 May 2014 Tiger diary about 5 years ago

PHOTO DIARY - The keen art of crossing a road by Gaurav Dhotre

 

Tiger: Baghin Nalla

Reserve: Pench, Madhya Pradesh


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03 Apr 2016 Photo was added about 3 years ago

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Tribute to Baghin Nalla Tigress with her 3 cubs

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29 Mar 2016 Photo was added about 3 years ago

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R.I.P BAGHIN NALLA & HER TWO CUBS - Poison confirmed. Saw Baghin Nalla late morning on the back road from Turia to Karmajhuri. Forest guards on elephants were checking on the cubs and had separated the tigress when we saw her come out onto the road. Earlier we had a brief view on at least two of the cubs in the long grass. Our guide said that she had three cubs but I understand now that there are four. On holiday with the family over Christmas and after no tigers in Kanha were thrilled to see such a famous lady. She was our only tiger from 10 drives split between Kanha and Pench but we did see a sloth bear and two leopards in Kanha and 4 leopards, including two cubs, and wild dog in Pench. We had a magical time in the Indian forests and would welcome any more information about "our" Baghin Nalla, all the best John

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This is heartbreaking news!

tigerfan | about 3 years ago

What is going on in Pench? Drivers & guides often do not have the complete picture. But today, our driver, Jyotish has also confirmed the death of a number of tigers in Pench in the last three months (other than Baghin Nalla & her two cubs). As posted by Mandars earlier, a male tiger from Baghin Nalla’s earlier litter was one of the casualties. In the most recent case, a tigress was found dead just a few days back, all four of her legs cut off.

bidhanpaul | about 3 years ago

In the first 3 months of 2016, 7 tigers died in Pench already.

leminh | about 3 years ago

11 Apr 2015 Photo was added about 4 years ago

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Baghin nalla avatar

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Jyotish, our driver during the safaris in Pench, informed today that two of Baghin Nalla's cubs are alive and have been taken to Kanha. He had earlier reported that three of the four cubs were dead. Jyotish does not, however, have any news about the death of any other tiger in Pench in the last two or three months. This seems to be in contradiction to what Mandars has mentioned in his post.

bidhanpaul | about 3 years ago

The post by Mandars informs us about the loss of 4 tigers in Pench in the last 2 months (other than Baghin Nalla & her cubs). This is very disturbing. One tiger has been identified by Mandars as Bagin Nalla's male cub from a previous litter. What is the identity of the other 3 tigers? What had happened to them? I uploaded a few photos of 2 young tigers of Pench (one male & one female) a few days back. Members are requested to kindly look up the photos and provide any available information about the youngsters.

bidhanpaul | about 3 years ago

and same for her cubs.

clippers8 | about 3 years ago

terrible news, Baghin Nalla has been my favorite tiger for the longest time. Rest in peace.

clippers8 | about 3 years ago

how is Baghin Nalla's sister "collared tigeress" doing these days?

clippers8 | about 3 years ago

tadobatigerlover..is it true that A-Mark is missing? i just met a person who sighted her last week. He showed me a video and it was her entering and sitting in a waterhole!

Sriram | about 3 years ago

really horrible news. We have lost another mercurial tigress. God save us. I also read that whole Navegaon tiger family; Dendu, A mark tigress ( Jai's parents) and 2 cubs are missing since last 6 months and now the guys have woke and launched a search. what is happening

tadobatigerlover | about 3 years ago

Death of Baginallah tigress with her 2 cubs (todays news papers) is horrific. What is baffling is how this has happened in the core area. She has been such a wonderful mother with 4 successive litters and meet such a fate is very sad. Am sure truth will never come out as it will be discomforting to the very people who are responsible for their safety. She had lost her male cub from previous litter age 4 in this Feb itself. Pench has already lost 4 tigers in last 2 months prior to this terrible incident. Need to fix responsibility for this unimaginable loss.

mandars | about 3 years ago

Jyotish, who was our driver during our visit to Pench, has also confirmed the death of Baghin nalla and three of her four cubs by poisoning. According to him, the cubs were about seven months old.

bidhanpaul | about 3 years ago

I don't know how old her cubs were but 3 were dead along with her. 1 is alive now but there's no hope for it; it's as good as dead. Rewilding tiger is not successful in Kanha with both rewilded tigers gone by now.

leminh | about 3 years ago

finally poisonned...

tiger7did | about 3 years ago

Kindly read my earlier post as "How old are her cubs?" and not "How old were her cubs?" which was a typing error.

bidhanpaul | about 3 years ago

Heart rending news. How old were her cubs? Were they still with her?

bidhanpaul | about 3 years ago

This is very sad. Thanks fro informing us.

julianmatthews | about 3 years ago

I heard this tragic news just now. This is terrible for the Cubs. I hope they are safe!.. RIP baghinala you were a great tigress.

Sriram | about 3 years ago

Baghin Nala was found dead yesterday. No injury on the body, and not a poisoning case either.

leminh | about 3 years ago

11 Apr 2015 Photo was added about 4 years ago

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Baghin Nalla and her cub.

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I love what you guys do and have always wanted to do the same. I am looking into schools right now so I could get my foot in the door. Keep up the amazing work.

lisaxaphona | almost 4 years ago

Any updates or sightings of Baghin Nalla since april?

lisaxaphona | almost 4 years ago

She was sighted on 20th April in her home range.

Vijayarajan | about 4 years ago

This is really worrying vijayarajan!.. how old are her cubs?? hope nothing happened.

Sriram | about 4 years ago

Apparently, Baghin Nalla hasn't been sighted ever since she ventured out of the park (she landed up at the Jungle Home Resort), a fortnight back.

Vijayarajan | about 4 years ago

so this isnt a recent photo? How long has it been since she was last seen?

Sriram | about 4 years ago

Could she be mating and keen to keep her and cubs apart from the male? Its not unheard of that she does it this early when cubs only sub adults particularly if aggressive male?

julianmatthews | about 4 years ago

Hi julian.. as i am working in pench, i am following quite a few tigers in pench, just an update that nobody has seen the mother baghin nallah. Only the cubs gets regularly sighted together. It may be possible that the mother is avoiding the sub adults. The sub adults are now around 17-8 month old. 2 female and 1 male sub adult from the current litter. We are also hoping to hear soon the official news about collarwaalis new litter.

audaciousakasmail.ch | about 4 years ago

Hi julian.. as i am working in pench, i am following quite a few tigers in pench, just an update that nobody has seen the mother baghin nallah. Only the cubs gets regularly sighted together. It may be possible that the mother is avoiding the sub adults. The sub adults are now around 17-8 month old. 2 female and 1 male sub adult from the current litter. We are also hoping to hear soon the official news about collarwaalis new litter.

audaciousakasmail.ch | about 4 years ago

Wow...just missed this for few minutes jules...lucky few

diasyscal | about 4 years ago

24 Jan 2015 Photo was added over 4 years ago

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These are both of baginnala female's cub.it was fantastic sitting with mother n three cubs first we heard roar then waited around two hours after that we saw them four of them crashed road two times

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Good News - Today we saw the last litter female of Baghin nallah tigress feeding on a spotted deer kill, later her 4 small cubs crossed the road. 4-5 month old.

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Great to hear this! And has the Baghin Nala tigress been sighted this season?

Kshitij | over 4 years ago

This is beautiful.

heywoodn | over 4 years ago

What do you mean you were not carrying a camera Akash!!!

julianmatthews | over 4 years ago

04 May 2014 Photo was added about 5 years ago

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View a lovely photo diary below to see the full story by Gaurav Dhotre

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Brilliant!!

BhanuSingh | almost 3 years ago

04 May 2014 Tiger diary about 5 years ago

PHOTO DIARY - The keen art of crossing a road by Gaurav Dhotre

 

Tiger: Baghin Nalla

Reserve: Pench, Madhya Pradesh


Brilliant! Road Safety is an essential life skill, even for tigers ~ Luv it!

tigerfan | about 5 years ago

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