National Geographic News

Bathing Tigress, India

Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

March 20, 2002

With feline grace abandoned, Bachhi takes her picture by breaking an infrared beam at an unmanned remote-camera in Bandhavgarh. Sweltering in 120-degree heat, she seeks relief in a pool, despite its fetid brew of rotting leaves and monkey urine.

Photograph and text from the December 1997 feature story "Making Room for Wild Tigers."