I want to walk like you! Real-life ‘Mowgli’ girl raised with six German Shepherds walks on all fours, uses the doggie door and even steals their kibble
A little girl has been nicknamed ‘Mowgli’ by her mother after she learned to walk on all fours like the Jungle Book character.
Raised with her mother’s six German Shepherds, River Shell has not only learned to walk on all fours, but also eats dog food whenever she gets the chance.
When the baby was born, his mother, Ashley Shell, 31, said she was nervous about how the pack of big dogs would take the little baby away.
The 31-year-old, from Tulsa, needn’t have worried though, as the dogs instantly became best friends and accepted River as one of their own.
River Shell, a toddler from Tulsa, has been nicknamed ‘Mowgli’ by her mother, after learning to walk on all fours like a dog. She is pictured here with five of her mother’s dogs.
Now, the curious River enjoys playing with dogs, Meeka, Kai, Ryker, Koba, Brenna and Roma, so much every day that she has started acting like a lovable dog.
Not only did the little girl start walking on all fours like her furry friends, but influencer Ashley claims she started climbing up the dog hatch.
In a clip shared by Ashley, River is first seen as a helpless newborn with the animals curiously surrounding her, before she is more recently filmed playing with her water bowl.
The cute little girl likes to sit in her cage and play with her toys and even tries to sneak eat her food “any chance she gets”, with footage capturing Ashley appearing to have to reach into her mouth to retrieve some kibble. .
The little girl has learned to walk on all fours like her furry friends. River (pictured) loves to play with her mother’s six German Shepherd dogs.
River has been filmed by her mother Ashley, 31, playing in the dogs’ water bowl and learning to be kind to dogs.
Influencer Ashley (pictured with River) explains how the little one is still learning to be kind to animals
When River was around eight months old, she started watching the dogs and trying to copy them.
After sharing the video on TikTok, Ashley’s video attracted more than 9.1 million views and more than 2 million likes and comments.
Ashley explained: “When she was around eight months old, she started watching them and tried to copy what they were doing.
“He loves to play in his water if we forget to pick it up and he tries to steal dog food whenever he can.” Recently she started trying to follow them to the doggie door.
Ashley’s six German Shepherd dogs pictured, Meeka, Kai, Ryker, Koba, Brenna and Roma
River loves to bring her toys into the dog crate and play with them and has also started using the dog flap.
In a clip shared by Ashley, River is first seen as a helpless newborn with the animals curiously surrounding her.
Ashley explained how her German Shepherds were friendly yet curious from the very beginning, when River was a baby, and that River is still learning to be nice to them by petting and cuddling.
Ashley said: ‘River usually smiles at them when he sees them and goes to give them a hug or a kiss. She tries to say their names.
After the clip was posted on Ashley’s social media, some viewers began comparing the girl to Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli character.
After the clip was posted on social media, some viewers joked that she had a “great immune system” while others saw the comparison to Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli character.
One viewer said: ‘She will have a great immune system. I think it’s amazing!
Another follower said: ‘That’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.’
A fellow dog owner said: ‘Not Mowgli’s walk.’
Another mother said: ‘What a happy and lovely baby she is.’