Tale of Indian Child Raised by Monkeys has Tragic Twist

In January, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, a group of woodcutters stumbled across a naked young girl surrounded by a pack of monkeys. The men tried to rescue her, but the monkeys would not let them get near her, and the girl acted as if she was terrified of them.

Fearing for the girl’s safety, the woodcutters alerted local police, who were able to rescue the child and get her to a hospital. Based on the girl’s behavior, hospital authorities believed that the girl might have been raised by monkeys in the forest. She would only walk on all fours, and she ate her food off the floor with her mouth the way animals do. She also could not speak and did not appear to be able to understand what was being said to her.

static.snopes.com
static.snopes.com

The police immediately began searching through missing children reports to determine who the child was. As of yet, they have not discovered the girl’s identity.

As if this story is not bad enough, it has recently taken a darker turn. Doctors now believe that the girl was not raised by monkeys and that she was actually abandoned in the wilderness by her family. They have determined that she has severe mental and physical disabilities, and they are fairly certain she was left in the forest quite recently.

They have determined that the girl is around eight or nine years old, and that she has never had the ability to speak. Soon after her rescue, she began showing signs of improvement. She quickly ceased walking on all fours, and made rapid progress in her feeding abilities. This quick improvement makes it evident to her doctors that she was not raised in the forest. In addition, authorities doubt that she could have lived long in the wilderness without being discovered, due to the large numbers of CCTV cameras placed in the forest.

It is relatively common for poor families to abandon disabled children, especially girls. There is very little state support given to families with special needs children, leading to these high rates of child abandonment. Fortunately for this child, she was left near a road, which ensured her quick discovery. She will reportedly be moved now to a nearby children’s home, where she will receive proper care.

Next Article
ADVERTISEMENT
  • The South’s Most Haunted Plantation

    The plantations of the southern United States are full of terrible history because of their connection with the cruel institution of slavery. It should come as no surprise, then, that many of them are believed to be haunted because of the terrible things that happened on them. The Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana may...

    Read More
  • Extinct Penguin Species Never Really Existed

    In 1983, scientists discovered four penguin bones in an archaeological site on Hunter Island in Tasmania. The 750-year-old bones were determined to belong to a previously unidentified species of penguin, which they then dubbed the Hunter Island penguin. As no living Hunter Island penguins existed, the species was declared extinct as soon as it was...

    Read More
  • The Scottish Head Hunter

    Jack Renton followed in the footsteps of many of his fellow Scotsmen when he decided to make his living from the sea. And, like a fair number of his fellow sailors, he found himself shanghaied in 1868 at the age of 20, meaning he was kidnapped and forced to work aboard someone else’s ship. Naturally,...

    Read More
  • Was Alexander the Great Killed by Poison Water?

    For centuries, historians believed that Alexander the Great, the Macedonian king and fearless military leader, died after one of his many all-night drinking parties. His drinking buddies reported that he cried out from a sudden, stabbing gut pain and took to his bed, from which he never got up again. He died twelve days later,...

    Read More
  • How a Tea Party Saved an American Regiment

    It was 1776, and Mary Lindley Murray found herself in an awkward position. This wealthy Quaker woman and wife of a wealthy merchant favored the American revolutionary cause. Her husband, however, was a known loyalist and supporter of the British. The Revolutionary War was going on all around her, and she was eventually faced with...

    Read More
  • Ancient Infant Ape Skull Sheds Light on Human Origins

    The lemon-sized skull of a baby ape was recently uncovered by scientists in northern Kenya. Though this at first sounds like an unremarkable find, the skull, which was buried under layers of volcanic ash, is at least 13 million years old. On top of this, researchers believe that it belongs to the earliest common ancestor...

    Read More
  • Was the Delphic Oracle “High”?

    Anyone who has read about or studied Greek history and mythology has heard of the Oracle of Delphi. The Oracle was a powerful priestess who spoke prophecies, supposedly after being filled by the spirit of the god Apollo. She supposedly delivered these prophecies while in some kind of trance. Historians and scientists have often wondered...

    Read More
  • Miracle Mike the Headless Chicken

    In September of 1945, Lloyd Olsen and his wife, Clara, a farming couple in Fruita, Colorado, were expecting company for dinner. Clara’s mother was coming for a visit, and chicken was on the menu. Knowing that his mother-in-law enjoyed chicken necks, Lloyd tried to leave as much neck as possible on the rooster he was...

    Read More