Real Life Mowgli, A Girl Who Was Raised In The African Wildlife.

When the toys aren't plush.

Tippi Benjamine Okanti Degre was born in Namibia, in a family of wildlife photographers.

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

Tippi spent first 10 years of her life growing up in Africa together with a bunch of wild animals: from an elephant, whom she calls brother, to her best friend leopard.

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

After seeing her incredible life documented in photographs, the Internet christened Tippi as the real life Mowgli.

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

Her family was travelling extensively throughout the continent, visiting countries like Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa and living in the wild. Her mother figuratively called it "the biggest playground".

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

From the early days Tippi established an immaculate bond with all of her wildlife friends. She felt comfortable riding an ostrich and even sleeping with a lion cub.

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

One of the most astonishing friendships was made when Tippi befriended Abu, the African elephant. According to her mother Sylvie, Tippi "would just speak to him like she would speak to me [mother]".

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

Despite of Tippi"s incredible ability to befriend dangerous animals, her parents would always keep a special eye on their daughter.

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

Tippi was only bitten once when a Meerkat bit her on the nose. She was also attacked by Cindy, the baboon and had little hair pulled out.

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert

Tippi Degre is now 24 years old and lives in Paris, France and studies cinema.

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Find out more about Tippi Degres, her family and their life on Tippi's website or reading her book "Tippi: My Book of Africa".

Alain Degré / Sylvie Robert