A naked human girl was found in the Katraniaghat forest range in northern India living among monkeys. She looked wasted with hair a mess but she seemed to be quite happy with the monkeys – that is until the police turned up.
Some woodcutters told authorities after they spotted the girl who was thought to be 10 to 12 years old. Police approached her, but the monkey surrounded the girl and seemed to be protecting her as their own. They attacked one of the officer when the girl screamed at him.
BAHRAICH STATE HOSPITAL
She has since been admitted to a Bahraich state run hospital. Bahraich is a city in northern Indian in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She has stayed there for the last 2 months. Doctors believe that the girl has been raised by the monkeys for quite a while and this girl’s story has mystified the authorities. They are currently searching through missing children reports in an attempt to ID her.
“THE JUNGLE BOOK”
In the Indian press, the girl has also drawn comparisons to Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli, a feral child from Seoni, India, featured as the prominent character in Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.”
Based on how she behaves, it seems that she could have been living among these monkeys since she was an infant. Arriving at the hospital, the girl had wounds all over her body with hair and nails dishevelled.
REPORT TO THE PRESS
The girl is able to walking on her feet but often will suddenly drop down on all fours.
“The way she moved, even her eating habits were like that of an animal,” D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent at Bahraich District Hospital, told the Associated Press in an interview recorded on video. “She would throw food on the ground and eat it directly with her mouth, without lifting it with her hands. She used to move around using only her elbows and her knees.”
“She behaves like an ape and screams loudly if doctors try to reach out to her,” Singh told the New Indian Express. Another doctor treating her said the girl struggles to understand anything, and makes apelike noises and facial expressions.
LAST 2 MONTHS
Over the last two months, the child’s behavior and health have improved. She has started to walk normally and eat food with her own hands, but she is still unable to speak but does use gestures to communicate. She smiles occasionally.
Numerous stories of feral children like the young girl exist both in legend and in documented cases in history. Some recent cases include children who, like this girl, were raised by primates. A British woman named Marina Chapman claimed to have lived with monkeys from the ages of 4 to 9 in the Colombian jungle and later wrote a book about it, although some questioned the accuracy of the story. A disabled Nigerian boy named Bello was found living with chimpanzees for 18 months in 1996 after he had been abandoned by his family.
SIX-YEAR-OLD JOHN SSEBUNYA
Six-year-old John Ssebunya was found living with green vervet monkeys in the Ugandan jungle in 1991. He is thought to have run away from home when he was 3 years old after seeing his father murder his mother. He was placed in an orphanage and was later adopted. He learned to speak, became a member of the Pearl of Africa children’s choir and joined the Special Olympics, later moving into a home of his own.
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