Period 3 – Feral Children

Genie Wiley:

Genie was found in November of 1970 in Los Angeles, where she was stuck in a single room, by order of her father for twelve years.  She was beaten by her father when she made noise, and was often tied to the toilet.  She was finally rescued at age thirteen, but could only speak about twenty words.  She also spit and scratched.

With help, Genie learned how to speak more words, mostly one word answers.  She could also dress herself, and make conversation with firmiliar adults.  With lack of funding and concern for Genie, she regressed back to her earlier behavior and traits.


Danielle Crockett:

Danielle spent her childhood in a room filled with dirty diapers, faeces, urine, and cockroaches.  Although she lived with her mom, and two brothers, she was a completely neglected child.  She was discovered at age seven, when she was not able to speak, walk, use the toilet, or properly chew and swallow food.  She has been adopted, and is learning basic skills.

Oxana Malaya:

In 1991, Oxana was found at age eight, in Ukraine, living among dogs.  She was unable to speak a language, and had many dog-like traits.  She would bark, howl, scratch, and dig.  She was very tightly knit with the dogs.  After being rescued, although it was hard for Oxana to learn language and behavior, she was able to do it with time.

Book Definition: Feral children- Children assumed to have been raised by animals, in the wilderness, isolated by humans.

Means: Children that are not raised by there parents don’t know how to socialize, and don’t follow social norms.

In 1978, a feral child was found in the forests of France, known as “the wild boy of Aveyron”.  He walked on all fours and attacked small animals, eating them uncooked.  This child, couldn’t speak, and didn’t show any indications of getting cold.

Other feral children are reported to mimmick wild animals. They cannot speak, and do not show pain.  They bite, scratch, growl, and walk on all fours.  Many also drink by lapping water.  They eat grass, and tear ravishly at meat.

Now scientists say that there are not existing feral children, and that children cannot  be raised by animals.  They saw that the children found in the woods were reared by their parents, and then abandoned, assumed that they were retarded.

Narrative stories:

No Hope For This Young Boy

A 7 year old boy is found in an abandoned house with nothing but the dead smell of animals and human fecies.  Standing at no taller than 5’1, this blue eyed, dark skinned, and brown haired boy had been left to survive on his own.  His hair was either brown becuase of his natural hair color, but it may be a mixture of his own waste that he had been sleeping in.

At the time I found him, it appeared as he was being raised by a pack of wolves.  We assumed he was raised by wolves because we found dead corpses of rabbits, squirrels, and other small animals.  It was tough getting him out of the abandoned house, because he lacked the language, and social skills to communicate.  I got the boy out of the house, and I turned him into the authorities and he was transferred to an orphanage.

I later caught up with this boy, but nothing had changed due to his hostile behavior.  He was given many oppurtunities but was turned down because of his animal like behavior, and his lack of communication and social skills.

Unsocialized Child

Police were astonished by what they had seen.  A girl, 5 years of age, locked up in a dark room, pale, dark eyes, skinnier than she should be crawled up in the corner.  Her face had a blank expression and she never made a noise.  Her parents were nowhere to be found.

She was transferred to the hospital immediately, given nutrients and anything else to gain weight.  Sarah, they found out her name was, was an isolated feral child.  She has never seen sunlight, been given affection by anyone, or been affected by society.  Since she never developed a language, she could never develop any thought.  The nurses did everything they could to get her a home to be in and to get her an education because that would be the only hope for her to live somewhat of a normal life.

One day, the Benson’s found out about this case.  The Benson’s, with a set of two parents, had a younger son, and a teenage daughter.  This family adopted Sarah,  and did everything they could to give Sarah love, care, and education.  Five years later, she was on the way to recovery.  She was able to have simple conversations, show some emotions, could react normally to human behavior, and had recovered from her weight loss.  The family felt blessed to be able tot give Sarah the opportunities she could’ve never had.

Isolated Children Similar to Isolated Monkeys?

Psychologists Harry and Margret Hallow wanted to demonstrate importance of early learning.  Experiments were done by taking baby monkeys and raising them in isolation.   One mother that was given to them was a wire frame that the monkey could nurse from and the other mother was a wooden cloth which did not contain any food.  When the baby monkey was scared it ran to the cloth figure rather than the wire which gave it food because of the “intimate physical contact”.  The mokeys in the experiment did not know how to interact with other monkeys and when they gave birth they did not know how to show affection towards their young or care for it.  These reactions are very similar to human children that have been isolated.  Ferther studies of monkeys could potentionally help us with studies of feral children.




3 thoughts on “Period 3 – Feral Children


    Add more content… Add some photos… I like the title of the first story — Miss Hickey


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