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Feral Children



A child that has been isolated since birth either due to being confined or imprisoned or because they have been living in the wild with minimal or no human contact. Feral children often have difficulties adjusting when introduced to society and can maintain their isolated behaviour for the rest of their lives.

Raised by animals


There have been over 40 well documented cases of feral children in the last few hundred years. One well known example was 'Wild Peter' who was only 12 years old when he was captured in Hanover in 1724. He was described as being a 'naked, brownish, black-haired creature' and would climb trees and live off plants. He never mastered speech and it took a long time for him to even attempt to eat anything other than plant material. He spent 68 years in society but never managed to learn to say anything other than 'Peter' and 'King George.'

In Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book" the main character Mowgli is a feral child who was raised in the wild by wolves after he was lost in the jungle as a baby.

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