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Thursday 17 January 2019

Celtic tiger's doing roaring business

AN Irish wildlife documentary has struck it big after being picked up by two major networks -- including the BBC.

The film, A Tiger Called Broken Tail, sees presenter Colin Stafford-Johnson filming in India for more than 600 days. And his hard work has clearly paid off with both the BBC, and PBS, in the US, picking up the rights to air it.

The story focuses on a young tiger called Broken Tail who went missing from one of India's big wild tiger reserves and was found dead nearly 200 miles away.

Colin traced his steps to determine how he could have possibly survived in rural India for the year it would have taken him to travel the distance, and what prompted him to leave in the first place.

Delighted

Speaking to the Herald, he said: "It's great, it was a long time in the making, and a lot of work has gone in. It was shown on RTE last year, then we sent it to the BBC.

"We were delighted with it because they only buy a couple a year. PBS will be showing it too, and in the US they have hundreds of channels, but every single house in America gets this, which is a really good thing. So it will be airing coast to coast next week."

Colin said he was determined to find out why Broken Tail left the sanctuary to begin with, and learn how he survived so long in rural India.

"Why did he leave this place, this paradise? How on earth did he get there, what was he doing? I thought this was the best way to do it, and I met people who had seen him on his journey as well," he said.

"Essentially he was a young male that left because there were mostly other males around. He left to find a mate.

"There were no tigers out there, he was walking into nothingness, but of course he didn't realise that, he kept walking. I think it's a positive story, and we go on that journey."

Colin hopes the film will raise awareness about the endangered animal, and is pushing for a national park to be declared in Broken Tail's honour.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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