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Young Indian Girl Discovered Living With Troop of Monkeys in the Woods

LUCKNOW, India -- Indian police are reviewing reports of missing children to try to identify a girl who was found living in a forest with a group of monkeys.

The girl, believed to be 10 to 12 years old, was unable to speak, was wearing no clothes and was emaciated when she discovered in January and taken to a hospital in Bahraich, a town in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.

She behaved like an animal, running on her arms and legs and eating food off the floor with her mouth, said D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent of the government-run hospital.


  • Tarzans granddaughter?

    "How do you tell a communist?  Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.  And how do you tell an anti-communist?  It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

    *Ronald Reagan*

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    When fact is worse than fiction: ‘Mowgli girl’ story untrue for all the wrong reasons

    A widely-published story regarding an eight-year-old girl who was found in a wildlife sanctuary in northern India and was allegedly raised by a colony of monkeys has now been debunked as untrue, but the truth is even more tragic, it seems.

    The child was discovered by police at the side of a road with a colony of monkeys nearby which led rescuers, and the media, to believe that she had been raised by them.

    She exhibited violent behavior in reaction to human contact and was unable to speak or communicate effectively, leading healthcare professionals to the conclusion that this was a case of a feral child raised in the wild by animals.

    Or so everyone believed when the story first broke.

    Police superintendent Dinesh Tripathi spoke to the New Indian Express and speculated that it appeared as though the girl had been living in the wild “since birth.”

    However, forestry officer JP Singh came forward in the aftermath of the story’s publication to dispute such claims, speaking with the British media.

    “I think the family members of this girl had been aware that she is not able to speak, and they may have abandoned her near the forest road,” he said.

    “If she was living with monkeys it would have been for a few days only, not for a long time,” he added.

    D.K. Singh, the chief medical officer of the hospital where the girl was treated, also disputed such claims.

    “In India, people do not prefer a female child and she is mentally not sound, so all the more [evidence] she was left there,” he said, as cited by The Independent.

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  • I can definitely seeing "inconvenient" children being left at the roadside in some parts of the world, so I don't doubt the more rational version of the story.
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