We saw many pictures of women nursing newborn or orphaned animals. We know about feral children... But, how much?
These are the stories that I found up to this day to make my new entry.
Bears: Atalanta, Ancient Greece. Paris, on the slopes of Mount Ida.
A boy in Lithuania, 1661. Orson, in Middle Age in France. Another boy also in Lithuania, in 1694.
A third in Poland. Five-year-old Goranka Cuculic in Yugoslavia, in 1971.
A 16-month-old toddler in Iran, October 2001, Joseph, Denmark, 17th century.
Other Lithuanian Bear-Children were captured in 1661 and 1694. A girl in 1767 in lower Hungary. A girl in a forest in Jalpaiguri in 1892.
Goongi, a 14-year-old Wild Girl in the jungle near Naini Lal, Uttar Pradesh, in July 1914. A girl in Turkey, who lived with Bears for many years.
Cows: Rahul (Boy) in India, November 2002. The Bamberg Boy in Deutschland, 1680.
Dogs: Kunu Masela, six, round the Kenyan town of Machakos, between 1977 and 1983. An 11-year-old boy called Alex Rivas in a cave near the southern Chilean port of Talcahuano (2001).
Traian Caldarar in the Brasov region of Transylvania, Romania, in early February 2002. Oxana Malaya in Ukraine, 1991. Andrei Tolstyk in Siberia, 2004.
Other Children nurtured by Dogs in the Philippines (1982), Germany (1988), Oklahoma (1989), England (1992), Hungary (1994), Romania (1994), Italy (1994) and Retova, west of Moscow.
Gazelles: Gazelle Boy, found in 1960 in Spanish Sahara. A Wild Boy caught in the desert straddling Transjordan, Syria and Iraq, 1946. Gazelle Child in Mauritania.
Goats: Aegisthus, Greece. A child for eight years in the Peruvian Andes in 1990.
Jackals: A girl was found with them.
But the most interesting cases -for my and for my entry-, are these. They come to tell us how the fiercest creatures can have compassion to us instead of easily share the body among their own family members. The picture at the end of my entry is based in a porcelain piece from the Arabic art in Spain, sold by "El Buen Retiro",
Nursed by big Cats: A prince in the country of Chu -8th century B. C.- married a princess of Yun. A son was born to them and was named Tou Po-Pi. The father died and the widow returned to Yun, where Tou Po-Pi, in his youth, had an intrigue with a princess who bore him a son. The grandmother ordered the infant to be carried away and deserted in a marsh, but a Tigress came to suckle the child.
Naga Baba in India, breastfed by a Tigress.
A girl in South Africa -November 1921-, found by two bushmen at the Crocodile river's bank, being suckled with two cubs by a Lioness.
The ancient Turko-Mongol ancestor Alp Kara Aslan (Heroic Black Lion) was suckled by a Lioness.
Maeon (also Meion), king of Lydia and Phyrgia. He and his wife Dindyme are the possible parents of Cybele. He had his daughter exposed at Mount Cybelus, but she was suckled by Leopards and Lions.
Two children associated with Lions. The 1st Leopard Child (...). The 2nd Leopard Child.
Indian Panther child (1920). Leopard boy of Dihungi (India, 1915). The boy was stolen from his parents by a Leopardess in the North Cachar Hills near Assam in about 1912, and three years later recovered and identified.
A Tiger child found in India. A wild girl aged about two found in a forest south of Jhansi in north central India in 1986, nursed by a Panther.
Monkeys / Apes: Tissa from Sri Lanka, 1973. Burundi Monkey Boy, 1973. Robert of Uganda, 1982. John Ssebunya of Uganda, 1991. Casamance Boy in Guinea-Bissau, 1930.
Bello of Nigeria, 1996, adopted by Chimpanzees. A Monkey Girl mentioned by Sir. R. G. Burton.
Lucas, Baboon Child in South Africa (maybe Saturday Mifune). Ape Child of Teheran in 1961. Baby Hospital in Sierra Leone in 1984.
Ostriches: Sidi Mohamed in 1945, in North Africa.
Sheep: Irish Sheep-Boy in 1672. Sheep-Boy -for four years- near Trikkala in Greece in 1891.
Sows: Pig Children. Swine Girl in Salzburg, 1830.
Others in Germany, and in Overdyke, Holland. In 1984, a girl in Liaoning province. Clemens, in Overdyke.
Wolves: At least 21 cases; fourteen Wolf-Children were found in India between 1841 and 1895. Misha Defonseca, a Jewish orphan, for 4 years. A twelve year old boy in Wetteraw, 1544.
Ardenne Wolf Boy in France, c1500. Wolf Girl who roamed the banks of the Devil’s River near Del Rio in south-west Texas, seen for the 1st time in 1845. Marcos Pantoja, Sierra Morena.
Wolf Boy of Hesse in 1544, for 4 years. Wolf Child of Kronstadt. Another Wolf Boy in Lucknow.
Kamala and Amala, India. Ramu the Wolf Boy. Dina Sanichar, found in Bulandshahr, in 1867.
Pascal, India, forest of Musafirkhana, 1972. Wolf Boy from Shahjehanjur. Wolf Boy -Djuma- in 1962, aged about seven in a desert region of Turkmenistan.
Elmira Godayatova, aged 6, in Azerbaijan, 1970. Another Azerbaijani girl, Mekhriban Ibragimov, 1978.
There are many more stories, of course, but they're mentioned only as "the Wild Boy of (name of city or region)" or "the Stuttgart -for example- child". And in many cases they tell only about isolated children in rooms like Genie, the girl from USA.
All this feral boys and girls were rescued... However, with very little or no success at all. Had they stayed in their environment, at least they would have survived with their own natural weapons and skills, just like some modern naturalists try to do when making a wild life documentary.
One question to consider is, that in the case of being doomed to live alone in a jungle, the best chances are to be adopted by Wolves, Bears or big Cats... Predators, in other words, who know how to deffend themselves.
The second, that it was much better for them to have been adopted by wild animals than being locked in a room for months or years.
Here, a hunter is afraid of this wild animal,
but the Leopardess is feeding an infant in his crib.