Monologue: Bagheera from The Jungle Book

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Bagheera, male, a panther, who was born into captivity and escaped.

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BAGHEERA

I once lived in a village. They kept me in a cage and that bald spot is from the collar that was around my neck. None of the others in the jungle know this. Only you. One day I felt the jungle calling. That cage couldn’t hold me in anymore. I broke the lock and freed myself. I haven’t entered a village since that day. My true home is in the jungle. Mowgli. Your true home is in a village and while you’re not locked in a cage the way I was. You are held here. One day you’ll hear your call and you’ll walk into that village as a man and you’ll have found your true home too.