We’ve all grown up with The Jungle Book and carried a love for the book since childhood but one thing you might’ve never been told before: Mowgli who was left an orphanage to nature by his parents and later adopted by wolves was actually a real-life figure!
He was Dina Sanichar. The man was raised by wolves till hunters saw and helped take him back to society from wildlife.
Before this turning point of his life, the young Dina Sanichar had lived along with a pack of wolves and imitated their behavior. He was used to dealing with the wildlife world but never socializing with humans.
The first few years of his life spent living with the wolves made him think that he was one, so when separated from the pack, Dina Sanichar had a hard time adapting to human activities. The man kept crawling on two feet and two hands. For that reason, missionaries at the orphanage that he was brought to tried their utmost to teach him basic human traits.
How the story began
It was the year 1867 in Bulandshahr district. A group of men preparing to go hunting and never expected to encounter what they would face in the jungle: A child who lived with the wolves!
On making their way to the entrance of the cave where they believed the pack was hiding, they almost mistakenly attacked some figure who looked like a wolf but turned out to be a kid.
The group wanted to signal the boy but all they received were nothing. Even not a word spoken out by the boy, the team managed to bring him out of the jungle and sent him to Sikandra Mission Orphanage.
Here he was named Dina Sanichar which means Saturday in Hindi – the day he joined the orphanage.
During his time in the orphanage, Dina had another name: Wolf boy! The story behind this name was because his behavior is nothing like a normal person but all about a wolf’s traits. Not being able to stand on 2 feet, he used both 2 hands and feet to move around while only eating raw meat.
Likewise, he was on a blank page when it comes to communication and they had to teach him all again so that he understood their language. Though this endeavor would not succeed, Sanichar acted more like humans by the time he stayed in the orphanage.
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