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Shamdeo (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

In May 1972, a boy aged about four was discovered in the forest of Musafirkhana, about 20 miles from Sultanpur. The boy was playing with wolf cubs. He had very dark skin, long hooked fingernails, matted hair and calluses on his palms, elbows and knees. He shared several character[...]

The Wild Girl of Champagne (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

The wild girl of Champagne had probably learned to speak before her abandonment, for she is a rare example of a wild child learning to talk coherently. Her diet consisted of birds, frogs and fish, leaves, branches and roots. Given a rabbit, she immediately skinned and devoured it[...]

John Ssebunya (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

One day in 1991, a Ugandan villager called Milly Sebba went further than usual in search of firewood and came upon a little boy with a pack of monkeys. She summoned help and the boy was cornered up a tree. He was brought back to Milly’s village. His knees were almost white from[...]

The Syrian Gazelle Boy (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

Jean-Claude Auger, an anthropologist from the Basque country, was traveling alone across the Spanish Sahara (Rio de Oro) in 1960 when he met some Nemadi nomads, who told him about a wild child a day’s journey away. The next day, he followed the nomads’ directions. On the hori[...]

Oxana Malaya (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

Oxana Malaya  (born November 1983) was found as an 8-year-old feral child in Ukraine in 1991, having lived most of her life in the company of dogs. She picked up a number of dog-like habits and found it difficult to master language. Oxana’s alcoholic parents were unable to car[...]

Prava, the Bird Boy (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

The most recent case of Mowgli Syndrome was that of a seven-year-old boy who was rescued by Russian healthcare workers after being discovered living in a two-bedroom apartment with his mother and an abundance of feathered friends. It would appear the small apartment doubled as an[...]

The Leopard Boy (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

A leopard-child was reported by EC Stuart Baker in the Journal of the Bombay Natural history Society (July 1920). The boy was stolen from his parents by a leopardess in the North Cachar Hills near Assam in about 1912, and three years later recovered and identified. “At the time[...]

Kamala and Amala (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

The most famous wolf-children are the two girls captured in October 1920 from a huge abandoned ant-hill squatted by wolves near Godamuri in the vicinity of Midnapore, west of Calcutta, by villagers under the direction of the Rev JAL Singh, an Anglican missionary. The mother wolf [...]

The Bear Girl (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

In 1937 George Maranz described a visit to a Turkish lunatic asylum in Bursa, Turkey, where he met a girl who had allegedly lived with bears for many years. Hunters in a mountainous forest near Adana had shot a she-bear and then been attacked by a powerful little “wood spirit[...]

Wild Peter (10 Modern Cases of Feral Children)

February 9th, 2014 § in Others

The first really famous feral child was Wild Peter, “a naked, brownish, black-haired creature” captured near Helpensen in Hanover in 1724, when he was about 12. He climbed trees with ease, lived off plants and seemed incapable of speech. He refused bread, preferring to strip [...]