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‘Siberian Mowgli’ found living in forest

Russian officials have discovered a 20-year-old man who’s been living in a mud hut in the forests of southern Siberia for the past 16 years.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Sep 11, 2013 8:47PM

Undated Police HandoutRussian officials in southern Siberia have discovered a 20-year-old man who appears to have lived in the forest near the town of Belokurikha for the past 16 years.

The forest-dweller has been dubbed the “Siberian Mowgli” in homage to the boy in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” reports The Huffington Post.

According to AFP, the boy’s family decided to drop out of society in 1997, but recently left him to fend for himself.

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“He has no education, no social skills and no ideas about the world beyond the forest,” Roman Fomin, a prosecutor in Belokuriha, told Russia Today.

Strangely enough, the boy does have basic English skills, thanks to an English dictionary his family brought with them when they severed ties to civilization.

"I'm living well, thank you," the boy told The Siberian Times. "We are living well.”

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