Children Raised By Animals Photo Essay

It is believed that Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome,were raised by a Wolf.

Here are the ten children who were raised by Animals.

1.Ukrainian Dog Girl:

Dog Girl Ukrainia
Ukrainian Dog Girl.

Left to live in a kennel by her abusive and neglectful parents from the ages of 3 to 8,Oxana Malaya grew up with no other company than the dogs she shared the kennel with. When she was found in 1991, she was unable to speak, choosing only to bark, and ran around on all fours. Now in her 20s, Malaya has been taught to speak but remains cognitively impaired. She has found some peace caring for cows that reside on a farm near the mental institution where she lives.

2.Jungle Girl,Cambodia.

Girl who survived in dense jungle.
Cambodian Jungle Girl
While herding buffalo along the jungle’s edge in Cambodia at the age of 8, Rochom P’ngieng became lost and mysteriously disappeared. Eighteen years later, in 2007, a villager caught sight of a naked woman sneaking around his property attempting to steal rice. Identified as the long lost Rochom P’ngieng due to a distinctive scar on her back, the girl had grown into a 30-year-old woman who had somehow survived on her own in the dense jungle. Unable to learn the local language or to adapt to the local culture, she fled back to the wild in May 2010. There have been mixed reports about her whereabouts since that time, including one about her reappearance in June 2010 in a deep, dugout toilet near her home.
3.Ugandan Monkey Boy.
Children raised By Animals.
Monkey Boy,Uganda

After seeing his mother murdered by his father, a traumatized 4-year-old John Ssebunya fled into the jungle, where he reportedly was raisedby a troop of vervet monkeys until his discovery in 1991. As is often the case when feral children are discovered, he resisted capture from the villagers who sought to take him, and he got assistance from his adoptive monkey family (which supposedly threw sticks at his captors). Since his capture, John has been taught how to speak, and can now sing, too. In fact, he even tours with the Pearl of Africa children’s choir. (Note: This is not a photo of John Ssebunya.)

4.Victor of Aveyron.
Children Raised By Animals.
Victor of Aveyron

Perhaps the most famous feral child of them all, Victor’s story was made widely known in the film “L’Enfant Sauvage.” Although his origins are a mystery, it is generally believed that Victor lived his entire childhood naked and alone in the woods before being spotted in 1797. After a few more sightings, he eventually emerged on his own near Saint-Sernin-sur-Rance, France, in 1800. Victor became the subject for many philosophers and scientists who were curious about the origins of language and human behavior, though little progress was made in his development due to his cognitive impairments.

5 .Madina, raised by Dogs.

Children raised by Animals.
Madina, raised by Dogs.

Madina’s tragic story is much like Oxana Malaya’s. Abandoned until her discovery just last year at the age of 3, she lived with dogs. When found, she knew only two words, yes and no, though she preferred to growl like a dog. Luckily, Madina was declared mentally and physically healthy by medics shortly after her discovery, despite her ordeal. Though her development has been hampered, she is young enough that caretakers believe she can lead a relatively normal lifestyle when she grows up.

6.Lobo,Wolf Girl.

Children raised By Animals.
Lobo,Girl raised By Wolf.

The story was corroborated a year later when the girl was seen again, this time devouring a freshly killed goat. As the story goes, alarmed local villagers mounted a search for the girl days later, eventually capturing her.

7.Amala and Kamala found in Wolverine’s Den.Midnapore, India.

Children raised By Animals.
Amala and Kamal,Midnapore,India,Found in Wolverine’s Den

These two girls, 8 years old and 18 months respectively when discovered, were found in a wolves’ den in 1920 in Midnapore, India. Their story is wrapped in controversy. Because they were so far apart in age, experts did not think they were sisters. It’s more likely that they were both taken by wolves on different occasions..


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