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IN People ON 26 Sep, 2015
The stories of Mowgli in Jungle book or Tarzan have always been fictions. We have been listening to them with awe and amazement since childhood. But let me tell you something. They aren't only stories. Things happen which are even stranger than fiction.
When human throws away humanity, animals pick it up. Animals can alone show the meaning of humanity being a mother. These stories describe those acts. What are they? Okay, let us take a journey of their lives.
Animals are more compassionate than human beings, and this time, the ones who proved it were birds. In 2008, a seven-year-old boy was found to have spent his entire life living in a tiny two-bedroom apartment surrounded by birds. His mother never spoke to him and treated him as a pet. When found, he was unable to communicate – he could only chirp and flap his arms like wings. The birds rescued him from the abusive mother. Compassion, name the word again?
They say cats have nine lives. But these cats gave one precious life to save a kid. Again in 2008, Argentinean police discovered an abandoned 1-year-old boy surrounded by eight wild cats in the province of Misiones. They kept him warm by lying on him, they licked him off to clean him and he was taken care in every possible way. Police later found out that he was the son of one homeless man, who apparently lost him.
Yet another Russian incident was this. In 2007, hospital workers discovered a boy in a lair of "sticks and leaves" with a pack of wolves in the Kaluga region of Central Russia. They named him Lyokha, and were bewildered by the boy's wolf-like traits, including claw-like toenails, sharp teeth, and a wolf-like gait. Lyokha is still not identified by anyone.
Yes, you heard it right. Goats raised this boy. His name is Sasha and he was found in 2012 in Russia. When he was found, he was evidently malnourished and couldn't speak even properly. Sasha had been kept with goats by her mother, Marina for years.
This boy had been a miracle of nature. He was abandoned by his alcoholic father when his mother left. At that time, he was only 3 months old. After 7 years of the life, he was discovered by the social workers. Andrei Tolstyk, after being deprived of human contact for so long, could not talk and had adopted many dog-like traits including walking on all fours, biting people, sniffing his food before he ate it and general feral behavior. Andrei can now walk on two legs and is making a rapid improvement.
Some say animals are cruel. And John Ssebunya witnessed exactly the opposite. His father murdered his mother when he was just four years old. Petrified John ran away in the jungles of Uganda. Ironically, wild jungle seemed safer to the kid than the "civilization". John lived wild for one long year. When he came out in the village, at first, neither he wanted to stay there, nor the monkeys wanted to let him go.
Russian police found Natasha walking around on all fours in a Siberian city. Natasha was only five years old then. She couldn't speak and only barked. When all of the investigations took place, people came to know a heart wrenching story. Her parents had locked her up with cats and dogs in a room. They both are in prison now for two years.
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