Real-life Mowgli woman reveals how she was raised in a cave

Pictured: Christina Rickardsson has shared the story of her childhood 

Pictured: Christina Rickardsson has shared the story of her childhood 

A woman who was raised in a cave and hunted by jaguars has revealed her unusual upbringing.    

Christina Rickardsson's childhood bears resemblance to the Disney classic the Jungle Book though what she describes is far from a fairy tale. 

The 35-year-old grew up in a cave in the depths of the jungle with her mother for five years on the outskirts of the town Diamantina in Brazil. 

In her new book Never Stop Walking, she has shared stories about hunting birds to eat and at one point was embroiled in a violent clash with a street child who she killed to survive. 

She reveals her and her mother hid from jaguars before making their way to Sao Paulo to beg for food. 

But her life all changed when she was adopted in 1991 and moved to Sweden where she grew up in a middle-class family.   

An extract of her book was published on News.com.au this weekend where she remembered: 'The growling was enough to make my mother and me shake with fear.

'And then we saw it — a jaguar on top of our cave, hunting for prey.' 

Her mother Petronilia, brought her to the caves in April 1983 when she was just 15 days old after running away from her abusive family.

She recalled in the book: 'Achingly poor, we would eat birds killed by slingshot and regularly hike to Diamantina to sell dried leaves and flowers and buy rice.

Charity work: Christina's life changed after she was adopted in 1991 by a middle-class family in Sweden 

Charity work: Christina's life changed after she was adopted in 1991 by a middle-class family in Sweden 

'I gained confidence from hunting and scavenging and still recall my immense pride when I claimed

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