She is straight out of jungle book. Except that she finds herself in urban Delhi now, in a hospital having to go back from being a human-monkey to a normal human. This young girl grew up with monkeys. She talks in a broken muttering style and is being attended by medical officers.
The day she came in, she was walking on all fours. Since then the doctors claims they have taught her to walk on two legs. Mowgli Girl is believed to be around 8 to 10 years old.
Doctors claim girl was gradually shedding her animal-like traits and “becoming human.” She behaved like an animal, running on her arms and legs and eating food off the floor with her mouth, said D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent of the government-run hospital as per reports.
Woodcutters reportedly spotted the girl roaming with monkeys, when they alerted the police. ”They said the girl was naked and was very comfortable in the company of monkeys. When they tried to rescue the girl, they were chased away by the monkeys,” the officer said.
The story strikes incredible similarities with The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s famous tale of young human boy Mowgli who is raised by wolves and helped by a panther and bear. Mowgli is a boy who has been raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. When the wolves hear that the fierce tiger, Sher Khan, is nearby, they decide to send Mowgli to a local “man tribe”.
The Indian Mowgli girl was rescued later by a police officer in the Katerniaghat forest range in northern UP. Police are trying to determine how the girl got into the forest and who her parents are.
The Katerniaghat Forest provides strategic connectivity between tiger habitats of Dudhwa and Kishanpur in India and Nepal. The sanctuary has a mosaic of Sal and Teak forests, lush grasslands, numerous swamps and wetlands. It is home to a number of endangered species including gharial, tiger, rhino, Gangetic dolphin, Swamp deer, Hispid hare, Bengal florican, the White-backed and Long-billed vultures.
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