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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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