The youngster, who reportedly screeches to communicate, was found happily sitting among apes at Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in northern India
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An eight-year-old girl found living with monkeys and unable to walk or talk like a human has been dubbed the real-life ‘Mowgli girl.’
The youngster, who reportedly walks on all fours and screeches to communicate was found wandering through a remote nature reserve in Bahraich, northern India.
Sub-inspector Suresh Yadav, from Uttar Pradesh Police service, was on a routine patrol when he spotted the girl happily sitting among the apes at Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, close to the border with Nepal.
He said when he tried to rescue her the apes screeched at him and so did the girl, according to the Times of India .
She has quickly become known as ‘Mowgli girl’ because of the story’s similarities with Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – a tale about a boy of the same name brought up by wolves.
Police are still trying to find out where the girl comes from and how long she has been in the wild after the discovery two months ago.
She is being looked after in hospital, where doctors say she remains to be frightened of humans and is prone to bouts of anger and violence.
Although she has shown some improvement and is being taught to walk on two legs, she continues to walk on all fours, it has been reported.