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Feral Children

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Celeste Hicks

on 9 December 2013

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Feral Children
Feral children are under complete or nearly complete isolation from human contact, and are either raised through their own efforts or are "adopted" by animals. When they come back into human society, they appear to be retarded, raising the question of whether or not these children had abnormalities before they were taken away from society.
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 the child ran on all fours almost as fast as an adult man could run, whilst in dodging in and out of bushes and other obstacles he was much cleverer and quicker. His knees had hard callosities on them and his toes were retained upright almost at right angles to his instep. The palms of his hands and pads of his toes and thumbs were also covered with very tough horny skin. When first caught, he bit and fought with everyone and any wretched village fowl which came within his reach was seized, torn to pieces and eaten with extraordinary rapidity.”


Feral Children
Feral children are children who were raised in the wild. They've been isolated from human contact for so long, they don't know typical human behavior such as bipedal walking and even basic grammar and speech.
The Leapord Boy
Oxana Mayala
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 hard to master language. Oxana's alcoholic parents were unable to care for her. They lived in an impoverished area where there were wild dogs roaming the streets. She lived in a dog kennel behind her house where she was cared for by dogs and learned their behaviors and mannerisms. She growled, barked, and crouched like a wild dog, sniffed at her food before she ate it, and was found to have acquired extremely acute senses of hearing, smell, and sight.
Feral children are kids who are under isolation from human contact usually starting at a very young age. There have been over 100 reports of feral children sightings. Kids usually become feral children when their parents can no longer take care of them. They are raised by themselves or by animals.
The Leapord Boy
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