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'Mowgli Girl' Raised By Monkeys Found In India

| by Michael Doherty

Police found an 8-year-old girl who had reportedly been living with monkeys and is unable to walk or speak like a human.

It is unclear how long the girl, who was found in a remote nature preserve in northern India, had been living with the monkeys, Daily Mail reports. She has been referred to as "Mowgli girl," because of the similarities to the character who was raised by wolves in Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."

Authorities do not know how she ended up in the wild at the Katartniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary.

After she was discovered, she was taken to a hospital, where she has remained for two months.

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"She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles," said chief medical superintendent D.K. Singh. The girl has reportedly started to walk upright and eat with her hands.

According to Officer Dinesh Tripathi, the girl was comfortable with the monkeys when she was found.

"When the woodcutters tried to rescue the girl, they were chased away by the monkeys," Tripathi said.

Tripathi added that the monkeys even chased a police car when an officer recovered the girl.

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"When he called the girl, the monkeys attacked him but he was able to rescue the girl," Tripathi said. "He sped away with her in his police car while the monkeys gave chase."

Inspector Ram Avtar Singh described the girl as "terrified" of the police when they found her.

"She was surrounded by three monkeys. She had wounds on her body, specifically on her elbow and one on her leg," said the inspector

"She was wearing clothes but not very dirty, it looks like she was abandoned by her family," he added. "She looked weak and was very hungry. We gave her some food to eat. She looked miserable. If we hadn't rescued her she could have been eaten by other animals."

In another case in 2008 that was also described as a "real life Mowgli," a 1-year-old baby was discovered being protected by a group of stray cats in Misiones, Argentina, The Telegraph reports.

Police Officer Alicia Lorena Lindgvist said she found the young boy in a gutter near a canal.

"I was walking and noticed a gang of cats sitting very close together. It is unusual to see so many like that so I went for a closer look and that's where I saw him," said Lindgvist. "The boy was lying at the bottom of a gutter. There were all these cats on top of him licking him because he was really dirty."

The cats were reportedly huddled around the boy to keep him warm during the cold weather. The officer said she also saw scraps of food nearby.

"When I walked over they became really protective and spat at me. They were keeping the boy warm while he slept," she said. "The cats knew he was fragile and needed protecting."

Authorities found the boy's father, who is reportedly homeless and said he had lost his son a few days earlier while searching for cardboard to sell.

Cats had always been protective of his son, he reportedly told police.

Sources: Daily Mail, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Vytautas Serys/Flickr

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