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NATURE | Broken Tail: A Tiger's Last Journey | A Mischievous Tiger | PBS

Duration: 01:34
Program: Nature #2809
Broadcast Date: Feb. 20, 2011

Filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson recalls Broken Tail's playful personality.

From the beginning, wildlife filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson could tell Broken Tail was special. Curious, exuberant, and charismatic, Broken Tail wasn't afraid of anything. Stafford-Johnson and local guide, Salim Ali, spent over 600 days following and filming Broken Tail and his family. Then, one day, Broken Tail simply disappeared.

A year later, Johnson and Ali heard news that Broken Tail was killed by a train in Darra, 100 miles away from Ranthambhore. This discovery raised new questions. How did Broken Tail travel so far away from home? Why did he leave in the first place? Stafford-Johnson and Ali set off on horseback, tracing Broken Tail's last journey, looking for answers.

Talking to poachers and interviewing eyewitnesses, the duo travel across India, learning some surprising facts from this remarkable tiger's passage, and hoping they will help in the conservation of this endangered species.

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Post Date: February 17, 2011