The real life prototype of the jungle boy: Unable to speak human language, live like a handicapped man and die in illness after 20 years of leaving the pack

The famous literary work The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling was composed based on his memories of his time in India. The book is about a boy named Mowgli who wanders in the Indian forests and is adopted by wildlife.

Many people believe that the Mowgli prototype is Dina Sanichar . Like Mowgli, Dina Sanichar is a wild boy raised by wolves, although his life is much different than the fictional character in the story. Unlike Mowgli, Dina Sanichar did not have such a wonderful life, he became mentally depressed after many years of reintegration with human society.

Picture 1 of The real life prototype of the jungle boy: Unable to speak human language, live like a handicapped man and die in illness after 20 years of leaving the pack
Many people believe that the Mowgli prototype is Dina Sanichar.

In 1872, deep in the jungle of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, a group of hunters was forced to stop and be bewildered with what was ahead. A pack of wolves was walking together in the forest, followed by a small child crawling with both his legs and arms. Shortly thereafter, the hunters killed the wolves and captured this strange boy.

The baby was about 6 years old, and was literally raised by wolves. It had the appearance of a wild beast, not saying but growling, moaning. Nails and sharp toenails, people stink and faces covered with hairy leaves.

The hunters took the baby to an orphanage. There, the boy was baptized and named Dina Sanichar, in Urdu meaning Saturday.

Sanichar has struggled with his new life and is considered a fool.

Father Erhardt is the administrator and caretaker of this orphanage. He recounted that Sanichar only ate raw meat, disliked clothes and liked to chew bones to sharpen teeth.

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Sanichar only eats raw meat, prefers not to wear clothes and likes to chew on bones to grind teeth.

Children often learn to speak in the first two years of life. Some children say words like "daddy", "grandmother" when they are only six months old and within a few years will begin to form clear sentences. These milestones coincide with mental, emotional and behavioral development. However, despite the efforts of experts, the "wolf boy" never knew how to speak or write in human language. Instead, he communicated by growling, howling like wild wolves.

Having difficulty integrating with the human community, Sanichar refuses to make friends with anyone, or even bites anyone. Sanichar only befriends a boy. It was the "wolf of the Krondstadt region" , a wild child who was also spotted with the wolves and taken to this orphanage. The two children seem to have a strange connection. They act the same way, being close and together, even teaching each other their survival skills like drinking water or picking up food.

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Sanichar refuses to make friends with anyone, even bites anyone who comes near.

After more than 20 years of human contact, Dina Sanichar also learned how to walk on two legs and get dressed. But Sanichar continued to smell all kinds of food before eating them, and he always avoided everything except raw meat. At this time, Sanichar still could not speak human language and lived separately from anyone.

The only habit Sanichar learned from that person was smoking, and soon he became a smoker. In 1895, he died of tuberculosis.

Strangely, Dina Sanichar was not the only wolf child to appear in India in the late 19th century. In 1892, a missionary found a wild child in the Jalpaiguri region. The following year, a child eating a live frog was discovered in Batzipur near Dalsingarai. In 1898, a wild child was discovered in Sultanpur, after 14 years living with humans, he still could not integrate into this new society.

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Most of the wild children found in India are difficult to adapt to human society.

Over the next several years there have been numerous reports of such wild children. However, many people believe that this is just a cheating scheme to attract the attention of public opinion. Typically a famous incident involving two girls named Amala 3 years old and Kamala 8 years old was found in Bengal, India in 1920 while in the middle of a pack of wolves. The man who found two children, Joseph Singh, described how they would howl when they saw the moon, traveled with their hands and feet and ate only raw meat. He tried to teach them how to walk and talk. The researchers were fascinated by this story and wrote books about them. However, an investigation later revealed the truth. These girls have developmental disabilities and birth defects. The two girls were not raised by wolves, but everything was set up by Singh to deceive people.

And is the story of Dina Sanichar just a trick or was it really raised by wolves? Who is Dina Sanichar and what happened in his past? All are still completely mysterious. However, it is clear that most wild children found in India have difficulty adapting to human society, ultimately ending with a tragic and lonely end.

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