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The Syrian Gazelle Boy

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Zach Lewis

on 13 September 2013

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After two years, his stay with the herd ended, after Auger returned with a Spanish army captain and his aid-de-camp, who kept their distance to avoid frightening the herd off.

Curiosity eventually overcame them and they chased the boy in a jeep to see how fast he could run. This frightened him off altogether, though he reached a speed of 32-34mph, with continuous leaps of about 13ft. Olympic sprinters can reach only 25mph in short bursts.

Modern Feral Children
After he was found
The behaviour
When he was found he had no idea of how to speak, and would walk in a crouched position.

Auger originally tried to teach him normal behaviour such as speech, eating with a knife and fork and how to permanently walk on his two legs all of these lesson were not successful and led to the men wondering how fast he could run, and his eventual escape in 1966.

After the incident
After they attempted to catch him, the jeep sustained a puncture and was unable to continue to pursue him, therefore when the herd of gazelles ran off he was lost.

In 1966 they had found him once again and launched an attempt to capture him once more from a net suspended below a helicopter this plan failed and to this day has never been captured again.

This example of a feral child shows that he lacked some skills learned in primary socialization, because he was lost at 7 years of age he still managed to stand on two legs from time to time.

since he was lost at a young age he didn't have any idea of norms, that would be acceptable in his culture, his norms included eating grass and running with the herd from time to time unlike the classic norms used in their culture.
The Syrian Gazelle Boy
Jean-Claude Auger was backpacking through the Spanish Sahara alone when he stumbled upon a tribe called the Nemadi Nomads, they informed Auger that a young boy had been spotted in the area about a days walk away running with the gazelles. He found the story very interesting and decided to investigate.

The boy walked on all fours, but occasionally assumed an upright gait, suggesting to Auger that he was abandoned or lost at about seven or eight months, having already learnt to stand. He habitually twitched his muscles, scalp, nose and ears, much like the rest of the herd, in response to the slightest noise. Even in deepest sleep he seemed constantly alert, raising his head at unusual noises, however faint, and sniffing around him like the gazelles.
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