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Irish cameraman's tiger tale is shortlisted for major award

By Paul Melia

An Irish man's quest to discover what happened a three-year old tiger who disappeared from an Indian nature reserve has been shortlisted for two wildlife awards at a prestigious US film festival.

'Broken Tail's Last Journey', made by Dubliner Colin Stafford-Johnson, tracks the escape and wanderings of a male tiger who disappeared from Rajasthan's Ranthambhore National Park, before being found dead over 200km away.

Now a documentary exploring his life and the challenges facing conservationists has been nominated for two awards at the Wildlife Film Festival, which will be held in Wyoming next month.

Mr Stafford-Johnson is an Emmy award-winning cameraman and first came across the tiger cub when working on two major tiger documentaries for the BBC.

During the first year of his life, the tiger cub gambolled and posed for Colin's camera but then abandoned his sanctuary and went on the run.

Cepa Giblin, from production company Crossing the Line films, said: "They reckoned he kept walking because he was of breeding age and was looking for a mate."

Broken Tail was apparently sleeping on railway tracks when he was killed by a train.

The documentary, shown on RTE, the BBC and in the US, Canada, France and Germany, exposes what is happening to one of the world's favourite animals. Tigers are under threat of extinction across the globe.

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