Raksha (Jungle Book)

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Raksha defends baby Mowgli from Shere Khan

Raksha the Demon (or Mother Wolf as initially named) is a fictional character featured in Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories, collected in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. She is a female Indian Wolf, member of the Seeonee pack, who while suckling her own cubs decides also to adopt a human "cub" that her mate Father Wolf has found wandering in the jungle, naming him "Mowgli" (which means "frog" in the Speech of the Jungle) because of his hairlessness.

Defying the tiger Shere Khan, who is determined to eat the man-cub, she reveals that her name is Raksha (which means "protection") because of her ferocity as a fighter, and she will fight to the death for any of her cubs, natural or adopted.

Raksha does not play a large role in the Mowgli stories, but occasionally offers her adopted son moral support.


Raksha appears briefly at the beginning of Disney's The Jungle Book. Bagheera discovers young Mowgli in the jungle, and takes it to Raksha, who has just had cubs. She raises him along with her own cubs and Mowgli soon becomes 10 years later well acquainted with jungle life. Raksha also appears in The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story voiced by Peri Gilpin where she is killed by Shere Khan near the end of the movie. Raksha is set to appear in Disney's 2015 live-action adaption where she'll be voiced by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.

In other media[edit]

  • In the anime Jungle Book Shonen Mowgli, Raksha appears like in the book, except she is renamed Luri, has a more important role in the storyline, and becomes the eventual leader of the wolf pack.
  • Raksha also appears in the computer animated series The Jungle Book as a white wolf. She is voiced by Prudence Alcott.
  • In the 2015 live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, Raksha will be voiced by Lupita Nyong'o.