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Nathoo


Species:Human
Place of Origin:The Village
Gender:Male
Death: Killed by a tiger (arguably Shere Khan
Books
Appears in: Tiger! Tiger! (mentioned only),The Spring Running (mentioned only)

Nathoo was the long-lost son of Meshua and her husband, who had been snatched by a tiger (arguably, Shere Khan); when Mowgli left the jungle and arrived in their village, they assumed that he was Nathoo returned to them (which may or may not be true).

Non-canon appearancesEdit

Kipling's stage adaptation, The Jungle Play (written 1899 but unpublished until 2000), states explicitly that Mowgli is not Nathoo. In this version of the story Meshua has only recently lost her son and is under the delusion that Mowgli's changed appearance and behaviour are the result of amnesia from having lived wild in the jungle. Mowgli has seen the real Nathoo's body in the jungle, but spares Meshua the truth.

Nathoo is mentioned in the anime version Jungle Book Shōnen Mowgli, but is treated as a separate person as Mowgli's eyes are said to be different from Nathoo's.

In Disney's Live-action film of nineteen-ninety-four, Nathoo is Mowgli's father (which means Meshua and her husband would be Mowgli's grandparents, but they don't appear in the film). He is also portrayed as a jungle-tour-guide and a widower (his wife died from giving birth to Mowgli prior to the film). Sadly, he is killed by Shere Khan in retaliation for three of Nathoo's costumers (Buldeo and two unnamed men) killing some local wildlife purely for joy (Buldeo was the target, but Nathoo got in the way).

He is also mentioned in the jetlag version.

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