Julia Fullerton-Batten, a photographer from Germany, put together this photo project about feral children and we must admit, it is a rather captivating read! The following photos depict documented cases of feral children from various continents.
Lobo Wolf Girl is said to have been seen in Mexico during the 1840s, where she ate a goat with wolves and even suckled wolf cubs. She eventually disappeared completely.
Oxana Malaya’s case took place in Ukraine during 1991, when she was found living with dogs due to the thoughtless actions of her alcoholic parents. She now works with farm animals under heavy supervision.
Shamdeo was a four year old boy living in India during 1972 and when he was found in a local forest, he was subsisting on a diet of raw meat and had bonded with wolf cubs. He passed away a few years after being rescued.
Prava’s story takes place in 2008, when he resided in a two bedroom apartment in Russia and confined in a room with bird cages. He was unable to speak and communicated entirely in chirps. His rehabilitation is still underway.
Marina Chapman resided in a Colombian jungle due to a kidnapping that took place when she was only 5. From there, she was adopted by a family of monkeys before being rescued by hunters. Marina was rehabilitated and is now married with children
Social workers finally found Medina, a small Russian child, living with dogs in 2013 and the animals were all that she ever knew. Luckily, she was found early enough and is still expected to live a normal life.
Genie was discovered in 1970, as the American child’s father decided that she did not have the mental capacity to exist in a normal society. By the time she was 13, she could still not use a toilet and she walked like a bunny. She spent the rest of her life in a facility for the developmentally disabled.
India’s Leopard Boy is the stuff of legends and this illustration depicts his life in 1912, as he was unable to walk upright and communicated entirely in growls and grunts. He would one day learn to speak, but lost his sight to a common genetic disorder that causes cataracts.
The Sujit Kumar Chicken Boy was located in Fiji during 1978 and the description is quite apt. He is now believed to be alive and well, under the care of a woman named Elizabeth Clayton, who is responsible for rescuing him.
Amala and Kamala lived in a wolves’ den in India until 1920. This is still believed to be one of the most famous feral child cases ever and both girls would eventually die within years of being captured.
Ivan Mishukov ran away from his Russian family at the age of four, due to their relentless abuse. He was found in 1998 after becoming a dog pack leader and since he was only feral for a short time, he eventually recovered.
The Wild Girl of Champagne is a famous case involving a feral child and while the story took place centuries ago, it is shockingly well documented. She was found at 19 and while her skin was black and she had developed claws, she recovered from these experiences.
The Monkey Boy of Uruguay was captured in 1991 and while he spent his early life with monkeys, he was found to have a lovely singing voice. He now sings and tours with the Pearl of Africa choir.
The Wild Boy of Aveyron is the stuff of legend. He was captured twice during the late 1700s and early 1800s, but was never able to behave normally after returning from his days in the wild.