Girl found living with monkeys in Indian forest

Published: April 7, 2017
The 10-year-old girl was naked, emaciated and acted like an animal when she was discovered by woodcutters. PHOTO COURTESY: TIMES OF INDIA

The 10-year-old girl was naked, emaciated and acted like an animal when she was discovered by woodcutters. PHOTO COURTESY: TIMES OF INDIA

Indian police is reviewing records of missing children to identify a girl found living in a forest with a group monkeys.

The girl, believed to be 10 or 12 years old, was emaciated, wearing no clothes and unable to speak when she was discovered by a few woodcutters in January. The girl couldn’t understand any language and behaved like an animal as she used her arms and legs to walk. She was aken to a hospital in Bahraich, a town in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.

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Chief medical superintendent of the government-run hospital DK Singh said the girl ate food off the floor with her mouth, however, after treatment she’s begun eating with her hands and HAS shown some improvement.

“She’s still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles,” Singh said.

Police officer Dinesh Tripathi said he was alerted by woodcutters who had spotted the girl roaming around with monkeys. “They said the girl was naked and was very comfortable in the company of monkeys. When they tried to rescue the girl, they were chased away by the monkeys,” the officer said.

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The girl was later rescued by an officer deployed in Katarniya Ghat forest range. “When he called the girl, the monkeys attacked him but he was able to rescue the girl. He sped away with her in his police car while the monkeys gave chase,” Tripathi said.

Police are trying to find out how the girl started living in the forest and who her parents were. She will be sent to the juveniles’ shelter home until she has been identified, police said.

This article originally appeared on the Times of India.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • I am a Khan
    Apr 7, 2017 - 3:49PM

    Tarzan girl. They should leave her with with friends the monkeys, instead of making her life miserable with humans..Recommend

  • Komal S
    Apr 7, 2017 - 4:15PM

    What an experience? hopefully she could eventually narrate her experience and help us understand better.Recommend

  • ABC
    Apr 7, 2017 - 4:48PM

    What is here for the news? All the girls in India are living with monkeys knows as Indian males Recommend

  • Jamil Doe
    Apr 7, 2017 - 4:56PM

    When Asked about why she chose to remain with wild monkeys the Girl Responded that she couldn’t tell the difference between an Indian and a wild monkey… they both look the same.. Although experts from WWF disagree saying, while the girl does have a point on the looks, in actual fact the monkey are traditionally more well behaved… so perhaps that’s why the girl stayed with them..Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Apr 7, 2017 - 6:59PM

    She should be a great asset in understanding how animals communicate, although we can learn that from some of the comments here, too!Recommend

  • Chhota Shikoh
    Apr 7, 2017 - 7:03PM

    Yet those “monkeys” are so brilliant in STEMs.. How is that my ‘learned’ friend ?Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 7, 2017 - 9:42PM

    Start searching for her parents. they will be relieved Recommend

  • Oommen
    Apr 8, 2017 - 1:14AM

    @Jamil Doe @ABC – Have you heard of Great apes? Recommend

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