is a short story
by Rudyard Kipling
. Chronologically it is the first story about Mowgli
although it was written after "In the Rukh
" in which Mowgli appears as an adult.
The story first appeared in the January 1894 issue of St. Nicholas Magazine
and was collected as the first story in The Jungle Book
later in 1894 where it is accompanied by the poem "Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack". The story also appears in All the Mowgli Stories
. In 1992 it was published as a separate volume with woodcut
illustrations by Christopher Wormell
. The text is available on-line from several sources as part of The Jungle Book
The story was adapted as a 25-minute animated television
cartoon by Chuck Jones
and Mother Wolf (Raksha
), a pair of Indian wolves
raising a family of cubs, are furious to learn that Shere Khan
the lame tiger
is hunting in their part of the jungle because he might kill men and bring human retribution upon the jungle. But when Father Wolf hears something approaching their den it turns out not to be the tiger but a naked baby. Mother Wolf decides to adopt the hairless "man-cub". Her determination is only strengthened by the arrival of Shere Khan who demands the cub for his meal. The wolves drive off the tiger and Raksha names him Mowgli the Frog because of his hairlessness.
At the wolf pack's meeting at Council Rock Baloo
speaks for the man-cub and......