She would be kept with other children.
"It's not possible that a girl could spend years in the forest, and no member of staff or hundreds of cameras installed for security and animal census notices her", regional officer Gyan Praksh Singh said in a statement.
Or so everyone believed when the story first broke. It was sub-inspector Suresh Yadav who was on a routine patrolling when he found the girl in the Motipur Range of the forest.
The child dubbed "Mowgli Girl", "Jungle Girl" and "Van (Forest) Durga" has turned out to be a nine-year-old from Kamlapur village in Uttar Pradesh's Jaunpur, 285km south of the forests where she was found on January 20. We gave her some food to eat.
"The officials and doctors have no justification for their lackadaisical attitude towards a child without an identity, whose admission to the Bahraich district hospital remained unreported for more than two months because the district administration was busy with the February-March Assembly elections", the forest official said.
"She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles", he said.
The girl is now named Ehsas by the president of the NGO that runs the Lucknow hospital where she was shifted on Saturday, the report added. Her blood samples were taken by a doctor. Regardless, the tragic reality of what may have really happened to her is far, far from a page out of The Jungle Book. She will be vaccinated after the report of tests come out. The cops suspect that someone from a distant village abandoned her because she has not been recognized by people living in the area. Rejecting the claims made by the media that the girl was naked and walking using her hands when the team reached the spot, Yadav told the Indian Express that there were no monkeys and that the 11-year-old girl was wearing a frock and knicker.
It was not immediately clear from where the girl went missing and if the family had sought police help to trace her. She could only mumble and not speak.
"We cannot say whether she is mentally retarded or not as she is reacting to her surroundings", said Dhapola.