More Snow White Tigers in NE India c1800

More Snow White Tigers in NE India c1800

The natives of this district reckon 4 kinds of tiger (Vagh). 1st, Babbra, which is white, has very long hair about the head, and is the largest of all. It is very rare, nor have I met with anyone that has seen it, but I heard that one was killed by Digvijay Raja of Bhewopar some time before the English took possession, and the animal is said to be occasionally seen by the cowkeepers. From the circumstances of the long hair about the head, and of the animal having no spots, I should have imagined that it was the lion; but the people all say that the colour is pure white. It neither attacks  man nor domestic animals. The animal killed in Dinajpoor, and of which the skin was sent by the Marquis Wellesley to Sir Joseph Banks, was probably of this species. 2nd Nongiyachhor or the royal tiger, which lives chiefly among reeds, or in the thickets….

This extract is from the 1838 edition of  “The History, Antiquities, Topography and Statistics of Eastern India; Vol 2: Goruckpoor section, by Robert Montgomery Martin. [1]. The section on Dinajpur gives further information about the tiger killed there: Continue reading

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