An 8-year-old girl was found living with monkeys in a remote nature reserve in Bahraich, northern India. The girl has now been dubbed Mowgli 2.0 because of the similarity of her story with the story of the boy in The Jungle Book who was brought up by wolves.
It has not been discovered who she is, where she came from and how long she has been in the wild but investigations are ongoing already. Sub-inspector Suresh Yadav was the one who rescued the girl while he was on patrol two months ago.
Later, another police officer came to try to rescue her but the monkeys fought for her.
“When he called the girl, the monkeys attacked him but he was able to rescue the girl. He sped away with her in his police car while the monkeys gave chase,” Tripathi said.
Inspector Ram Avtar Singh, from Motipur station, in Bahraich, said:
“She was terrified of us, she could not speak or hear us properly. She was surrounded by three monkeys. She had wounds on her body specifically on her elbow and one on her leg. She was wearing clothes but not very dirty, it looks like she was abandoned by her family. 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.”
Doctors at the government-run hospital she was taken to say she is still prone to bouts of anger and violence while she does not appear to understand any language. She is also still frightened of humans and though she has been taught to walk upright, she still prefers to walk on all fours. However, there has been an improvement from the time when she first came in.At the initial stage, she behaved like an animal, even to the extent of eating her food off the floor. Now she is able to eat with her hands.
“She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles,” said D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent of the hospital.