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Friday, 22 December 2017

The real-life Mowgli who has befriended monkeys: Locals stunned after toddler bonds with animals who now come to visit him every day in India.

  • Samarth Bangari's unusual friendship was discovered when he was seen alone playing with 24 grey langurs 
  • Two-year-old struck up bond with animals and they returns to see him every day in Allapur in Southern India
  • It has drawn comparisons with Mowgli, a character in 'The Jungle Book' who grew up in the wild in India

  • He is still too young to talk, but a two-year-old Indian boy has become a modern-day Mowgli and a subject of local intrigue after befriending more than 20 langur monkeys.
    Samarth Bangari's unusual friendship was discovered when the youngster was spotted alone in his village in southern India playing with the grey langurs.
    The infant's uncle Barama Reddy said it was 'strange' for the monkeys to behave like that, and villagers feared the boy would be attacked while his parents worked in a nearby field.
    But it soon became clear they were more than comfortable in his presence, with the youngster happy to share some of his food with the visiting troupe.

    Monkey business: A two-year-old Indian boy has become a modern-day Mowgli and a subject of local intrigue after befriending a gang of langur monkeys
    Monkey business: A two-year-old Indian boy has become a modern-day Mowgli and a subject of local intrigue after befriending a gang of langur monkeys

    Modern-day Mowgli: Samarth Bangari's unusual friendship was discovered when the youngster was spotted alone in his village in southern India playing with nearly two dozen grey langurs
    Modern-day Mowgli: Samarth Bangari's unusual friendship was discovered when the youngster was spotted alone in his village in southern India playing with nearly two dozen grey langurs

    Special bond: The infant's uncle Barama Reddy said it was 'strange' for the monkeys to behave like that, and villagers feared the boy would be attacked while his parents worked in a nearby field
    Special bond: The infant's uncle Barama Reddy said it was 'strange' for the monkeys to behave like that, and villagers feared the boy would be attacked while his parents worked in a nearby field

    The monkeys kept returning, day after day, to visit their young friend in Allapur, roughly 250 miles from the city of Bangalore, his uncle said.
    'Since that day, the monkeys haven't missed a day. They come to the house around the same time,' Reddy told AFP.
    'Even if he is sleeping, they first wake him up, and then sit with him for an hour or two.'
    Mowgli was a character in 'The Jungle Book', Rudyard Kipling's tales about a boy who grew up in the wild in India, and is often used as a shorthand for people who are able to bridge the human-animal divide. 
    Sharing: It soon became clear the monkeys were more than comfortable in his presence, with the youngster happy to share some of his food with the visiting troupe
    Sharing: It soon became clear the monkeys were more than comfortable in his presence, with the youngster happy to share some of his food with the visiting troupe

    The monkeys kept returning, day after day, to visit their young friend in Allapur, roughly 250 miles from the city of Bangalore, his uncle said
    The monkeys kept returning, day after day, to visit their young friend in Allapur, roughly 250 miles from the city of Bangalore, his uncle said

    Samarth is now a local legend due to his 'special bond' with the monkeys, whose sounds he mimics even though he cannot speak yet
    Samarth is now a local legend due to his 'special bond' with the monkeys, whose sounds he mimics even though he cannot speak yet

    Thinking the monkeys must enjoy the company of children, another youngster was sat down next to Samarth but the langur pack became aggressive, his uncle said
    Thinking the monkeys must enjoy the company of children, another youngster was sat down next to Samarth but the langur pack became aggressive, his uncle said

    Samarth's uncle said that locals believe the child is 'special' and that they are able to communicate with each other
    Samarth's uncle said that locals believe the child is 'special' and that they are able to communicate with each other

    The unusual relationship piqued local interest, and soon people began visiting the house to catch a glimpse of young Samarth tottering around the farm with 20 langurs in tow.
    Thinking the monkeys must enjoy the company of children, another youngster was sat down next to Samarth but the langur pack became aggressive, Reddy said.
    He said Samarth was now a local legend due to his 'special bond' with the monkeys, whose sounds he mimics even though he cannot speak yet.
    'Everyone thinks that he is special and they are communicating with each other, and can understand what is being said,' Reddy said.

    The unusual relationship piqued local interest, and soon people began visiting the house to catch a glimpse of young Samarth tottering around the farm with 20 langurs in tow
    The unusual relationship piqued local interest, and soon people began visiting the house to catch a glimpse of young Samarth tottering around the farm with 20 langurs in tow

    Indian child Samarth Bangari, two, plays with langur monkeys at his home in Allapur in India's southwest Karnataka state
    Indian child Samarth Bangari, two, plays with langur monkeys at his home in Allapur in India's southwest Karnataka state

    Friendship: The boy's friendship with the animals has drawn comparisons with Mowgli, a character in 'The Jungle Book' who grew up in the wild in India
    Friendship: The boy's friendship with the animals has drawn comparisons with Mowgli, a character in 'The Jungle Book' who grew up in the wild in India

    Mallikarjuna Redder Reddy carries his nephew Samarth Bangari, two, outside his home so he can play with langur monkeys in Allapur in India's southwest Karnataka state
    Mallikarjuna Redder Reddy carries his nephew Samarth Bangari, two, outside his home so he can play with langur monkeys in Allapur in India's southwest Karnataka state

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