Chotu Kumar is so comfortable with the pack of dogs, he can be seen grabbing at the bitch's hind legs so he can get a drink.
And amazingly the stray dog lets him.
Chotu said: "Our family is very poor, sometimes I get hungry.
"The dog doesn't bite me. I like her and she likes me, she treats me like one of her puppies. I love to play with the dogs, they're my friends."
Chotu lives with his mother Shanichari Devi, 37, his grandmother Amiya Devi, 60, and his two brothers Bola, 14, and three-year-old Mahesh in a mud house in Jharkhand, Eastern India. After his father's death four years ago the family dropped below the poverty line.
His older brother was forced to go out to work to earn money for the family but he only brings home under £20 a month (1200INR) working at a nearby hotel.
Chotu's mum and gran go out to the forest and collect firewood and try their best to find forest food.
But on average their daily meals consist of vegetables and roti, a homemade Indian bread. According to UNICEF 90 per cent of children under the age of three are malnourished in rural areas of Jharkhand and a further 25,000 children die every year.
Chotu started spending all his time with the pack two years ago. He didn't go to school so he didn't have any friends -- and now he claims the dogs are his only pals.
The family hadn't eaten solid foods or milk for days when Shanichari first spotted her son sitting on the floor drinking milk from the dog's teat.
She said: "While he was playing with the dogs outside the house I saw him drinking the bitch's milk.
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