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IN Travel & Adventure ON 11 Oct, 2015
Meet the new age Mowgli - 'Tippi degre' who grew up alongside the Wild Animals of Africa. Degre spent the first ten years of her life living along some of the world's most amazing wild animals. Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert, Tippi’s proud parents, are freelance wildlife photographers who decided to give their daughter an untraditional upbringing, one in the heart of Africa. Just before Tippi was born, her French parents decided to move to Namibia, Africa.
Meet the new age Mowgli "Tippi Degre". This girl is not normal and also spent ten years of her childhood right from the day she born into wild.
She is cute, adorable, innocent and reminds me of famous childhood novel 'Mowgli'.
She attended school for two years, but she was not like other children, later her parents decided to home-school her.
Proud Parents of Tippi, Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre are freelance wildlife photographersand they decided to bring her child in a very unique way. They shifted from France to Namibia, South Africa.
When Tippi was 16, she wrote one novel on her journey to the wild. Six documentaries have been made on her till now and she is currently studying cinematics.
"Tippi always said that everybody was gifted and this was her gift," explains Sylvie. "She was in the mindset of these animals. She believed that the animals were her size and her friends. She was using her imagination to live in these different conditions."
Her parents said that her life is not normal and our decision to raise her in the wild is just so perfect.
Tippi's mother said: "Linda, an ostrich from one of the African farms we visited, was so nice that we couldn't even take a photo of Tippi riding her. Linda was so afraid of riding Tippi, she didn't want to move."
But for Sylvie, her decision to bring up her child in the African wilderness was the correct choice - and she has no regrets. "For me it was incredible to think you offer all of this to a child," she says. "Because I was at ease, because I liked it and because we had lived with the Meerkats in the Kalahari desert for six years before Tippi was born, I believed it was fantastic to have that to offer to a child compared to what I would be able to provide to a child living in a city for example".
She knows how to shoot an arrow, and can communicate in the local language.
This summer Tippi passed her Baccalaureate and entered La Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris where she follows her past two years of cinema studies at the Lyceum. Sylvie added: "Tippi believes she is African, and she wants to get a Namibian passport. She wants to become an ambassador for Namibia. It is like Mowgli's story, but Tippi's is true."
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