Our culture has always been somewhat obsessed with the archetype of the wild man – a person who lives close to nature and has rejected the sophistication and habits of modern civilisation. Just think of characters like Mowgli from The Jungle Book, or Tarzan, or even Alan Parrish from Jumanji if you want a more contemporary example. All these characters are people who have taken to living among wild beasts in the animal kingdom, shedding their human traits like a serpent sheds its skin.
You might well think that characters like Tarzan and Mowgli are purely fictional creations: but you’d be dead wrong. There are real-life examples out there, and the reality is a lot more tragic than you might think.
Feral children are a real phenomenon, often children who have been abandoned in the wilderness and have been unwittingly raised by animals with a strong paternal instinct. Many do not live to survive into adulthood due to the harsh conditions of nature, and reintegrating them back into modern society is extremely difficult. Many such children have had their language skills severely dampened by their experiences and exhibit animalistic behaviour.
They might be unable to use toilets, or find it difficult to learn to walk bipedal, or completely fail to grasp the nuances of human interaction. They often seem mentally impaired and have almost insurmountable trouble learning speech and communication if they are too old. The latest example of a feral child comes from the isolated jungles of India, where a little girl described as “a real-life Mowgli” has survived for the last eight-years by living with apes.
This eight-year-old child was found by police authorities living with a family of apes in the remote nature reserve of Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary, close to the border with Nepal in Bahraich, northern India. Sub-inspector Suresh Yadav discovered the naked wild girl while out on a routine patrol of the area, and rescued her from the wild. Her original name and identity, as well as the whereabouts of her family, are completely unknown.
She has spent the last two months recovering from her ordeal in hospital. Doctors report that the girl is completely unable to verbalise beyond grunting and shrieking, and makes a number of aggressive ape-like sounds and gestures if approached by someone she is suspicious of.
Although she is being taught to walk upright she is still more comfortable crawling on the ground on all fours, and is extremely frightened of other humans; although she has come to trust some of her nurses. Her arms are extremely strong, but her legs are emaciated and the muscles there are extremely underdeveloped.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Singh has stated “The girl was found two months back, eats and walks like animals, and runs away on seeing humans. She has marks on her skin, looks like she has lived with animals for quite some time. Now she is better and healthy, showing improvement.”
This is not the first time a child has been found living among primates. in 1984 a girl later named “Baby Hospital” was found by an Italian missionary in Sierra Leone. Baby Hospital was also unable to stand upright and crawled instead of walking, ate from her bowl without using her hands, and also made noises like an ape or monkey. Unfortunately this child resisted any attempt made to civilise her, and spent much of her time crying: something that is especially noteworthy as feral children do not often do this.
In certain cases however, children do not even need to be anywhere near nature in order to exhibit feral traits. They can be reduced to this state through a combination of neglect and abuse until their mental capacity degrade, much like the four toddlers who were discovered languishing in this tiny room by police.
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