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Wolf children - without a home, a family, with an unknown past


No home, no family, no past and no hope for the future. They spent their childhood in partial or total social isolation. Imprisoned for years or raised by animals, they themselves behave like a wild animal: they cannot speak, walk on all fours, follow simple instincts. History knows several cases of "wolf children". They were also called war orphans. Today, some call so taciturn, introverted and introverted babies.

Raised among animals

One of the most famous "wolf children" is Viktor. He was found on January 8, 1800 in France, near the town of Aveyron. He was probably 12 at the time of capture. He was dirty, bruised and his body was covered in scars. He spent all his childhood in the woods, among wild animals. It was from them that he learned life, duplicated their behavior. He didn't speak, but he snarled, squeaked and barked. He was afraid of people.

One of the French doctors, educator and psychiatrist - Jean Itard, took him under his protection. The scholar spent many years studying the nature of the boy and trying to bring him back to society.

Viktor was subjected to numerous experiments, and several studies and scientific papers were published about his case. The diagnoses were different. One of the first observers of a "wild child" - Dr. Phillipe Pinel said that the little patient is simply "stupid" and there is no way he could ever learn to live between people. Viktor escaped to the forest several times. His home was there, he felt best among the animals. Despite the effort of his guardians, the boy never began to speak (sometimes he understood the words addressed to him by following simple instructions). During his stay in various educational institutions and institutions, he learned some basic skills, e.g. vertical posture, but most often he quickly forgot what he learned. Even repeated exercises did not bring results. Historians disagree about what happened to Viktor. Some sources say that one day, he once again escaped to the forest and was never found again (or maybe he was not searched at all?), According to others, he died alone in 1828, at the age of about 40, at his guardian's home Mrs. Guerin.

In 2007, a young girl was caught stealing in one of the Cambodian villages. She turned out to be 28-year-old Rochom P'ngieng, which was lost many years earlier. She found shelter in the jungle. Monkeys raised her, so she acted like them. Parents delighted in the return of their daughter, decided to do everything to civilize her. However, all attempts to adapt the "wild child" to life in society failed. After three years, Rochom returned to the bush.

Everyone knows history Remus and Romulus, twin brothers, the legendary founders of the city of Rome. According to ancient myths, they were to be raised by a she-wolf. This wild, dangerous animal has also become a foster mother for modern "wild children" ... In the 1950s, the media informed the world about an Indian boy named Ramu, who spent the first seven years of his life as a pack member. Two girls were to be brought up by wolves: Kamala and Amala, who spent the first years of their lives among wolves. They were captured in 1920 near Calcutta.