Do you know what a feral child is? Most of us don’t because we grew up in civilization. Feral children are kids that grew up outside of society. Many times they are abandoned; sometimes they are runaways; and other times they are locked in their rooms for years. Either way, the linguistic and cognitive development of the children tends to be stunted, with some never learning a language. These are 25 Crazy True Cases Of Feral Children In History.
Marie-Angélique Memmie Le Blanc
Originally from French Wisconsin (yes, Wisconsin was part of France back then), Marie was brought to France but then escaped into the woods of Provence. She lived in the wild for 10 years until she was 19. The unique part of her case was that she supposedly learned to read and write as an adult.
Also known as Steve of the Marsh, he was found near a marsh by two Hungarian fishermen in 1749. The local governor brought Hany to his castle and tried to raise him, but the child eventually ran away back into the wild.
Because Sujit had cerebral palsy, his father kept him under the house with the chickens. When he was found, he could only make clucking noises. He was known in the media as the “Chicken boy of Fiji.”
The Lobo Wolf Girl of Devil's River
A feral child who has made it into Texas folklore, she was captured in 1846 but then later escaped. She was last spotted in 1852 at the age of 17.
Also known as the “Russian bird boy,” Vanya was kept in his room by his mother with only birds to keep him company. When he was found in 2008, he would only chirp and flap his arms.
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