Akela is the alfa of the Seeonee wolf pack. Akela welcomes the infant Mowgli into his pack when his old friend Begheera brings him Mowgli to him.However he worries for his pack's future safety. Akela allows Raksha to adopt him and together they teach Mowgli the wolf ways. He disapproves of Mowgli using tools and innovative tricks saying that it is not the wolf way.
Esposito has described Akela as "strong and hardened" and welcoming of Mowgli into his pack, but at the same time, worried that Mowgli will one day compromise the safety of his family.