An eight-year-old girl has been found living with monkeys and unable to walk or talk like a human in India, it has emerged.
The child, who reportedly screeches to communicate and walks on all fours, was found by police in a remote nature reserve in Bahraich, northern India.
She has already been dubbed ’Mowgli girl’ because of the story’s similarities with The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling’s tale about a boy of the same name brought up by wolves.
Authorities say she seemed comfortable among the apes at Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, close to the border with Nepal.
They are still trying to find out who she is, where she came from and how long she has been in the wild.
Sub-inspector Suresh Yadav found her while he was on a routine patrol, according to the Times of India.
She was taken to hospital after the discovery two months ago and has been looked after there ever since.
Doctors say she is still prone to bouts of anger and violence while she does not appear to understand any language.
She is said to be still frightened of humans. Although she has been taught to walk upright, she still walks on all fours, medics say.
According to Scroll.in, Chief Medical Officer DK Singh said: ’The girl was found two months back, eats and walks like animals, and runs away on seeing humans
’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.’
She was found living with monkeys and unable to walk or talk like a human in India, it has emerged