Indian Girl Found Living in the Jungle

April 10, 2017
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Indian police are going through reports of missing children to try to identify a girl who was found living in a forest.

Initially, reports said that the girl was living with monkeys, but the true story appears to be a bit more complicated. Doctors and authorities believe that she has mental and physical disabilities, and was likely to have been abandoned in the wilderness.

The girl is believed to be 10 to 12 years old and was unable to speak. She was wearing no clothes and was emaciated when she was discovered.

The girl was taken to a hospital in Bahraich, a town in Uttar Pradesh state in northern India.

D.K. Singh, chief medical superintendent of the hospital, said the girl was actually found on a roadside, not deep in the wilderness, as it was previously reported.

The girl was also not living with monkeys, however, monkeys were nearby.

I think the family members of this girl had been aware that she is not able to speak, and they may have abandoned her near the forest road,” Singh said. “If she was living with monkeys it would have been for a few days only, not for a long time.”

After receiving treatment, she has started to walk normally and eating with her hands. “She is still not able to speak, but understands whatever you tell her and even smiles,” Singh said.

He said that police are trying to determine how the girl got into the forest and who her parents are.

In the meantime, she will be sent to a home for juveniles until she is identified, Singh said.

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