Science: Mowgli's Sisters

Wolf-suckled were mythical Romulus and Remus who founded Rome in 753 B.C. In 1940 A.D. from South Africa came a scarcely more credible tale of a black boy reared among baboons (TIME, April 1). Between these doubtful tales are 22 cases of children reared in the wilds by wolves, bears, leopards, etc. to which anthropologists credit some authenticity.* But only one case is open to real scientific study: the wolf-children of Midnapore, whose rescuer described them with camera and diary. World authority on these incarnations of Kipling's Mowgli is Anthropologist Robert...

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