A FIVE-year-old child has been found living with cows in the Russian countryside - unable to speak and only capable of communicating through mooing noises.

The ‘feral’ girl was rescued by Russian police after a neighbour in the Solikamsk district in the Ural Mountains raised the alarm. The unnamed child does not know how to eat properly, preferring to drink milk from a saucepan, police officials have said.

The authorities were called in by a worried neighbour living close to the small farm run by the girl’s parents. Officials said the neighbour told them ‘a little girl is living with cows. ‘During the check we found that was indeed true.’

When she was found she was allegedly wearing next to nothing and was living with the livestock on the farm. She had also been locked in a storage room from time to time by her parents.

After first being sent to a rehabilitation centre the little girl has now been placed with a foster family. She is not the first child to be found ‘raised by animals’ in the Russian countryside.                 –DM