Real life Mowgli? Girl found living with monkeys in UP forest

An eight-year-old girl has been found living with monkeys in a jungle in India's Uttar Pradesh.

The girl, believed to be aged between 10 and 12, was naked and looked very comfortable roaming with the primates when she was discovered by tree surgeons in the Katarniya Ghat forest range. Authorities were eventually able to convince her to come with them, and she has been recuperating in a local hospital ever since.

Cases of feral children - children living in the wild with no human contact - though not unheard of, are few and far between.

India media have reported that the girl cannot speak and does not understand any language.

Monkeys in the forest reportedly wouldn't let the senior inspector take the girl along with him. Doctors say she behave like an animal and shows anger as well as violence and is unable to understand any language. She was surrounded by three monkeys.


Doctors told the Times she is often violent and is scared by the presence of other humans. "When they tried to rescue the girl, they were chased away by the monkeys".

The marks on her skin indicated that she had been living amongst animals for some time.

According to Indian media reports, she still eats directly from her mouth. The Chief Medical Officer informed reporters that the girl was now better, and healthy and was showing signs of improvement.

Mowgli, the man-cub protagonist of Kipling's "The Jungle Book" was reared by wolves" pack in "Seeonee hills', now in MP.


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