Most know the story of The Jungle Book, the incredible children’s story of a young boy raised in the jungle by wild animals. While this story remains a celebrated tale, is it indeed realistic? There are several stories of children surviving in dangerous environments, where predators are known to inhabit. One of the most breathtaking stories occurred in 1920s India.
Two young girls were found unharmed within a wolf den. How did they end up in the wolves’ lair? How did they survive? Did the wolves care for the children? Continue through this slideshow to learn about this amazing story.
Noises From Within A Cave…
Reverend Singh was on the outskirts of an abandoned forest when he first heard noises from within a dark cave. Finding it odd, Singh would approach the cave to investigate. The sounds would eventually become clearer, and soon Singh would come to the realization that the noises did not belong to an animal.
A Lullaby In The Darkness
Singh could not believe what he was hearing. The noises emerging from the darkness were from a young girl humming a lullaby. Reverend Singh cautiously moved toward the cave until the sounds of growling caused him to jump back. Singh, not wanting to face the growls alone, went back to his village to share his story of the cave.
Sweet Girl Or Dangerous Beast?
Singh did not know what to make of the incident. Did he, in fact, hear a girl singing or the growls of a dangerous animal? Singh’s story worried the village, leading to the decision to send several men and Singh back to the dark cave in order to investigate.
It Rests In The Shadows…
The next day, Reverend Singh led the small contingent of men towards the cave. When approaching the dark cave they did not know what they would find in the darkness. Despite being armed, the men would remain cautious while approaching the cave. Once close enough, Singh and his men found a figure hiding in the shadows.
A Shocking Turn Of Events
The men readied their weapons, waiting for something to happen. They were soon shocked to see a figure slowly crawling towards them. While moving like an animal, the figure had long hair, nails, and the physical properties of a human. Their weapons lowered as their fear suddenly transformed into intrigue.
The Humans Aren’t Alone
The villagers could not believe their eyes. In front of them was a young girl, without clothes, moving on all fours as if she were an animal. Singh slowly approached the girl with the others behind him. Believing them to be a threat, the young girl fled back into the darkness. Soon the howl of a wolf was heard from the cave.
The Rescue Attempt
The men immediately left the cave, returning to their village. Quickly, a rescue plan to lure the wolf from the den was made. The next day the villagers left a dead buffalo outside the cave as a trap. While they hid, the men ended up seeing something even more shocking.
More Than Expected
A female wolf led her cubs towards the dead buffalo. The cave had far more than just a single wolf as a tenant. The villagers saw this as their opportunity to save the young girl inside the cave. Once inside, they were again in for something they did not quite expect.
How Is This Possible?
Once inside the den, the villagers found the girl from the day before, hiding in a corner. She was fearful of the strangers inside the cave she knew as home. The villagers also found a small baby peacefully sleeping inside the wolf’s lair. How is it possible for such a small child to be so calm in this environment?
A Rescue Or Kidnapping?
Reverend Singh and his men approached both girls in the attempt to rescue them. The older girl, around the age of eight, growled towards and fought the men as they left the den with her. Her strength was far greater than most girls of her age. The baby hardly made a sound as the men took her from the cave.
Who Are These Girls?
Upon arriving at the village, the two young girls were looked upon with astonishment. The villagers came to the conclusion that the girls were probably not sisters, but both had probably been taken by the wolf family. Neither girl could speak, each reduced to only loud wailing noises the villagers had never heard before.
What Happened To The Girls?
Reverend Singh and his wife would eventually adopt the girls and tried to teach them to speak and act in a human manner. They would name the younger girl Amala and the older Kamala. Tragically, the two would die nine years apart before either could integrate into society. However, Kamala’s story became internationally known.
The incredible story of the finding of Amala and Kamala deep within a wolf’s den is legendary in India. While both girls would eventually pass from extreme sickness, their story lives on in history. Before Amala’s death, she was slowly learning how to speak her native language and integrate into society.
Kamala had a more difficult time as she was among the wolves for several years, however, she was slowly learning how to develop human traits. Slightly before her passing, she and the Singh family were set to take her to the United States to see a psychologist after receiving an invitation.