Monday 24 July 2017

'Mowgli girl' discovered in jungle 'after being raised by monkeys'

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Kathy Armstrong

A young girl has been discovered being raised by monkeys by shocked lumberjacks.

The child - who has been nicknamed "Mowgli girl" - was found nearly naked, walking on all fours and screeching by workers in India's Bahraich region two months ago.

According to the authorities the was unable to talk, she had injuries on her arms and legs and seemed to have been abandoned in the wilderness by her parents.

Inspector Ram Avtar told Cover Asia Press: "She was terrified of us. She could not speak or hear properly. She was surrounded by three monkeys.

"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."

Inspector Avtar said the girl has since brought back to civilisation and hospitalised but she was terrified, violent and ate her food off the floor.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Dinesh Singh told CAP: "When she was admitted here, she was scared of us and she was always [behaving] like animals, like monkeys.

"We took care of her, bathed her, fed her and cleaned her. She was suffering from malnutrition. She might have eaten what animals did.

"She gets angry sometimes, and we have to calm her down."

Officials are trying to find her family to find out how how long she had been alone in the woods and she will eventually be sent to the Government's child-protection office.

Dr Singh added that she is gradually improving over time.

He said: "She has marks on her skin, looks like she has lived with animals for quite some time. Now she is better and healthy, showing improvement."

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