Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book was published in 1894. This classic children’s story featured a human boy named Mowgli. Mowgli was raised in the Indian jungle by wild animals. The fables contained in The Jungle Book strategically used animals to teach moral lessons. But now the story of The Jungle Book has transformed from a well-loved piece of fiction to reality. A child has been called the female version of Mowgli ever since she was found in India living with monkeys. Villagers were in the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary searching for food when they came upon an unexpected discovery. A human girl seemed to be part of a monkey family in the forests.
She was estimated to be between 8 and 12 years old. Her nails looked like claws, and her skin was very tan from outdoor exposure. Her matted hair and no clothing signified that she had likely been living in the forest for quite some time. Her comfort and ease with the monkey troop only further confirmed this notion. Police were notified by villagers of this discovery of a “girl Mowgli.” A rescue plan was put in place, but the monkeys were more protective of the girl than expected.
The girl was not keen on leaving her familiar environment, either. She and the monkeys screamed at the police squad. The squad was even attacked by the monkeys as they took the girl away. Her life was about to drastically change as she sat in the police car while the monkeys chased after her. She was taken to a hospital in Bahraich. The first goal was to provide her with medical care to treat her wounds and provide her with better nutrition.
At first, she walked on all fours, screeched, and was not able to communicate. She has become more comfortable with humans over the course of about two months at the hospital. Though she cannot speak, she seems to understand human language better than she used to. She even smiles now.There are many lingering questions about how long she had been living in the forest, who her parents are, and why she was left to live with monkeys.
As her physical health, comfort with humans, and communication skills increase, she will eventually be put in the care of a child welfare agency. Hopefully, her introduction to the human world continues to be gentle. We hope that “girl Mowgli” finds happiness as she continues to adjust.