Remember Mowgli? The child protagonist hero raised in the forests by wolves in the hit The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Well, turns out the this fictional hero has turned real as a girl was found foraging on all four limbs in the Uttar Pradesh’s Katarniyaghat wildlife sanctuary with a troop of monkeys!
The villagers found her with claw-like nails. She was also found to be comfortable around monkeys and screeches just like them to communicate. The authorities are trying to discover her origins, who she is and from where she belongs.
She was taken to the hospital two months ago, where she has been looked after, by the authorities. Doctors say she is still prone to bouts of anger and violence while she does not appear to understand any language of the humans.
D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent of the government-run hospital says,
“She behaved like an animal, running on her arms and legs and eating food off the floor with her mouth. She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles. Now she understands signals and is able to identify the ward boy, nurse and other medical staff. It seems the girl had been abandoned in the forest area at an early age.”
She is frightened of humans and is comfortable around animals. When she was discovered, she had marks on her skin, suggesting that she may have been around animals for quite sometime now. DK Singh had sought help to put her in an institution where she can learn human behaviour and language, but was turned down. She now recognises hand signs.
This is not the first incident, a woman in England said last year she had been raised up by apes in the jungles of South America after being ditched by child traffickers! Wonder how many such real-life mowglis are out there?!