This Girl Was Abandoned As A Toddler, Then Rescued And Raised By Feral Dogs

Submitted by: littlemissqt 1 week ago in Lifestyle


And you thought this sort of thing only happened in movies and cartoons.

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60 Minutes Australia:It's an extraordinary story. A little girl, neglected, rejected, abandoned by her parents. For comfort, she snuggles up in the farmyard kennels with the dogs. That becomes her home, and they become her family for the next six years. They protect her, feed her, maybe even love her. And in return, she begins to act like them. It's a remarkable case. One that startled the world of science, especially when the doctors tried to teach her to be a normal child. In fact, the story you're about to see re-ignites the whole nature versus nurture debate. And it could make you think twice about the way we bring up our kids.
There are 22 comments:
Female 1,653
I have watched this documentary many times! Feral children stories just fascinate me! If you liked this, search for feral children on Youtube and watch a few vids. Youll see this chick in a doc of many other kids like her.
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Female 1,653
Oh, also, watch the doc about Genie. Very sad, but also very interesting in the sense of how the brain works.
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This sounds like a furry's dream
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Male 7,409
She must have had a RUFF childhood 
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Female 6,608
thezigrat Just how yer mother likesh it, Trebek.
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Female 6,608
Sorry, not buying this at all.
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Female 6,608
melcervini I sit corrected, it just looked too much like an Onion article :D  Thx for the correct.
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melcervini this is a really old case with a very unhappy ending. Her story is very well-documented
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Male 2,737
melcervini   I didn't at first either but looked it up. The circumstances of her life are in question. But it is generally believed that she was in contact with the dogs much more than would have been normal, and that it did have a profound effect on her.
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Male 284
Why does the title call her a boy?
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Male 5,607
stevopusser Good question, I've seen this doc years ago.  I'm fixing the title now.
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Male 45,280
Well, she's not gorgeous but I wouldn't call her a dog.
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Male 1,686
Depending on her age? It's highly unlikely she was actually raised by animals and still able to talk afterwards. The few verified cases of massive neglect and abuse showed that full recovery was impossible, depending on the age and timeframe.

The most famous (saddest) one was a girl 'raised' in a closet until she was 12. She had 2 parents and 2-3 brothers, but was a 40 pound skeleton and unable to speak. She was in there for about 8-9 years. Once she was rescued many top experts from around the world flocked to treat her, for free! After 7-8 years she was still little more than an animal. Limited language comprehension and no impulse control :/ Terrible and tragic.

So while it does depend on the age? The duration (6 years is pretty short) and the amount of human contact too, these 'raised by wolves' stories (like... Jungle Book or Tarzan!) are probably exaggerated or fiction. They come out of India every few years it seems  :/
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Male 945
gohikineko The amount of stimulation they get probably matters as well.  This girl was at least getting feedback from the dogs she was living with.  Closet girl presumably only had minimal contact with anything living.
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Since when did 60 Minutes become a tabloid show?

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Male 18,342
bryan_gilchrist aussie 60 minutes
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Male 1,686
bryan_gilchrist The Australian version (shown here) is one all the time apparently, the US only sometimes is tabloid :/
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Male 4,445
Absolutely fascinating. I can't even fathom being put through that much neglect and suffering... And then forgiving her father.
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Male 18,342
Wasn't this the same show the same shoddy journalist that hosted the story on the people who walk on all fours in Turkey? 
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6,813
the full story of BoBo the Dog Boy
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6,813
I recommend the movie "Mama". You can tell the writers actually did a lot of research on feral children 
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Male 7,409
dm2754  That is what I thought of too when I read this
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