Girl found living with monkeys in Indian forest

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

Girl found living with monkeys in Indian forest

This girl was found in the Katarniaghat forests of Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh, India about two months ago.

"When [an officer] called the girl, the monkeys attacked him, but he was able to rescue the girl", officer Dinesh Tripathi said. "As we tried to go near the girl, the monkeys surrounded her and some of them pounced on us".

Woodcutters initially spotted her moving through the forest with a group of monkeys, police told the Associated Press. "She uses her mouth to pick the eatables", says a nurse of Bahraich district hospital. Initial assessments led doctors to believe that she had early human contact before living with the monkeys, but they have not been able to determine an exact timeline.

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The officer said: "When rescued she had unkempt nails and hair and there were wounds all over her body".

The girl is reported to have unusual marks on her skin and seems to have been living with animals for quite some time.

"As she sees anyone looking at her even from a distance, she starts growling", says Shiraz, who is one among those visiting the unusual patient in the district hospital regularly.

A chief medical officer at the hospital said the girl "eats and walks like animals, and runs away on seeing humans".

The girl was found without any clothes on her person. She growls like a monkey and tries to claw them. She is afraid of humans and has been violent at times.

"She has marks on her skin, looks like she has lived with animals for quite some time".

But according to Dr Lal she was now consuming vast quantities of food and was in "much better physical shape".

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