Tippi Degre, The Real Life Mowgli

Born in Windhoek, Namibia in 1990, Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre lived with her French parents, wildlife photographers Sylvie Robert and Alain Degre. She was born and raised until the age of 10 totally in the wild…

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via Telegraph 

Photos : SYLVIE ROBERT / BARCROFT MEDIA LTD. FROM TIPPI MY BOOK OF AFRICA

47 Comments

  1. Walt did you even see the movie? The premise is of a girl who grew up in Africa with parents like Tippi’s. It was just a joke.

  2. Laura, you’re an IDIOT.

  3. Nothing can beat Africa’s life style.

  4. So beautiful! Such happiness..

  5. Deb Good Leaf Lassiter

    November 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Good story and images but I wish I could invent something on my computer that would reach out and slap me if I try to read the comments.

  6. Mitchell Taco Nash

    October 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Why are you replying to ‘Luke Dellboi’ and not ‘The TRUTH’?

  7. lol… condescending? It needs something more to make it condescending. How do you know they weren’t celebrating traditions? Showing the beauty of their culture? Illustrating the beauty of non-industrial life?

    You need something more than a simple cross-culture photo to say it is condescending.

  8. Scott Chamberlain

    October 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    But he typed it…

  9. Amanda Fusco Nadarewistsch

    October 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    In one of the pictures an elephant had a chain around it’s ankle. She may have lived in a rehabilitation center. Which is still totally amazing and what a life experience. I bet if you asked your kids where Africa is, they would probably respond like this. . ” I don’t know mom, is there an app for that?”

  10. Mowgli was raised solely by wolves and met Balue and what ever those other animals were named after he left to be a man on his own.

  11. What is “tamed”, anyway? I’ve lived with wolf dogs for 40 years and would never say they are tame. I don’t own them. No one could ever own them.

  12. You would have written “paid” if you had paid attention in primary school.

  13. I’m extremely jealous, both for myself in my own childhood, and for my daughter in hers. Both of us would love an existence like this one.

  14. Christian Jelic

    October 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Cannot believe there are so many twats posting negative views & over analysing. Get a life. She did.

  15. Love it! I’m so envious. What a lucky child

  16. DIAPERS! BOTTLES! OH MY GOD I am astonished that a wonderful fascinating story like this would attract so many narrow-minded useless haters. I was raised in three different nations, I LOVED my childhood overseas and more Americans need to open their minds. I guarantee this girl will grow up to be a better citizen of the world than the frightened, suspicious freaks that post negative garbage on here.

  17. Maybe she was thirsty and they gave her some water in a bottle? maybe you should f*ck off?

  18. check every picture for shadows! nothing fake about them! every picture is real!

  19. That doesn’t look like sarcasm. That looks like completely misinterpreting the post.

  20. It takes more than frolicking with animals to commit to a “natural” way of life. No San baby would be wearing disposable diapers. There are parents in urban areas who adopt a way of dealing with their baby’s output which is more in tune with the ways of the San, than this. There is no eco friendly way of disposing of these diapers, especially in the “wild”.

  21. Maybe her mother couldn’t breastfeed? Maybe it is pumped milk? Maybe you are a lactivist with nothing better to do than judge other women and the way they feed their children?

  22. Why do so many of you have to be so negative about any of this. It’s a child that is blessed to be raised somewhere with nature in a more natural way, loving God’s creations and being free from the concrete world we suffer to live in today? Why couldn’t this child have a bond with the wild? We were originally created to be this way, and man is the only one who ever made a problem of this. She’s a beautiful, amazing child of God and very blessed.

  23. Never mind the eco hostile disposable diapers, more importantly, if she has been raised so “naturally” why is she seen drinking from a bottle, instead of being breastfed? This blows the whole entire conceit out of the water.

  24. Matthew Townsend

    October 15, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I have questions before I believe this story as presented. I believe there are serious flaws, that or the animals in these pictures are tamed and not wild.

  25. I saw a movie about her later teenage years. It was called “Mean Girls”.

  26. Your mum was raised solely by animals!

  27. Fake. These are so obviously photoshopped!

  28. no it ain’t real life mowgli. mowgli was raised solely by animals

  29. You seem to have paid attention in English class when they talked about sarcasm.

  30. No “San” people is the name of an Indigenous group of people in South Africa. Just like Zulu people or Swazi people. You would know this if you payed attention in High School.

  31. Refering to them as sand people is condescending…jeez

  32. Wow! Amazing! A white European child is raised in the way the San people have raised their children for centuries. Condescending.

  33. *wet blanket*

  34. that’s life <3

  35. *staged*

  36. disqus_zxMREXZl9h

    October 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    not totally “in the wild” if she’s wearing disposable diapers…

  37. Giulia Dell'erba

    October 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Interesting. But this still however doesn’t answer my question. Bushmen is a blanket term (also called the San) which refers to the hunter-gatherers of southern Africa. So specifically in these photo’s she doesn’t mention if they are Ju/’hoansi or !kung. Which is what I wanted to know,
    Thanks tho 🙂

  38. “She also befriended the Bushmen and the Himba tribespeople of the Kalahari.”

    From her Wiki page.

  39. amazing photos!

  40. Lucky child!

  41. Giulia Dell'erba

    October 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    By the looks of the scaring on the woman’s back and thigh, as well as the reference to Nambia, i’m trying to figure out which native group they are living with. I wanna say Ju/’hoansi, but i’m not certain.

  42. What an awesome family!

  43. Neverovatno, kad Bi Samo 10% Dece Sveta Imalo Ovakvo Detinjstvo, Prosto Prelepoo <3

  44. ZAVIDIM JOJ!!!!Koje bogatstvo oma ovo dete u svojoj dusi…

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