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Thread #2228   Message #1929242
Posted By: Nigel Parsons
07-Jan-07 - 12:22 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Riki Tiki Tavi (Donovan)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Riki Tiki Tavi (Donovan)
If it's any help, as a character in "The Jungle Book" (or possibly "The Second Jungle Book") by Kipling, Riki (or Ricky, or Rikki) has frequently been used as a name for an assistant leader in a Cub Scout Pack (previously Wolf Cubs). Much of the basis for Wolf Cubs was from The Jungle Book, and the main leader of any pack was always "Akela" (the she-wolf, mother of the pack). Obviously this is equivalent to the US usage of "Den Mother".
Other names used by assistant leaders were Baloo, Bagheera & Kaa.