Feral Children. For two centuries, wild children have been the subjects of fascinating study. Raised without love or social interaction, wild or feral children pose the question ‘what is it that makes us human?’ Since Oxana’s discovery, scientists have looked for clues in the handful of other recorded cases of feral children in their efforts to rehabilitate her.

Feral Children: The Outcome of Extreme Neglect

Oxana Malaya, the Ukranian Dog Girl. Left to live in a kennel by her abusive and neglectful parents from the ages of 3 to 8, Oxana Malaya grew up with no other company than the dogs she shared the kennel with. When she was found in 1991, she was unable to speak, choosing only to bark, and ran around on all fours. Now in her 20s she has found some peace caring for cows that reside on a farm near the mental institution where she lives.

9 children who were raised by animals

Conheça a história de Oxana Malaya, a menina que foi criada por cães (imagens impactantes)

Conheça a história de Oxana Malaya, a menina que foi criada por cães (imagens impactantes)

Oxana Malaya

Feral (wild) Russian child Oxana Malaya (dog child).MPG

Feral (wild) Russian child Oxana Malaya, abandoned by (alcoholic) parents and reared by dogs

Wolfskind: Oxana Malaya

Feral (wild) Russian child Oxana Malaya, abandoned by (alcoholic) parents and reared by dogs

Oxana Malaya, a neglected child raised by dogs, Ukraine, 1991. Staged Photography to tells a story (Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)

Feral: The children raised by wolves

Feral Children by Julia Fullerton-Batten (Credit: Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)

Oxana Malaya feral child

Cry of an enfant sauvage

Girl Raised By Dogs: Girl raised by dogs fe·ral /ˈfi(ə)rəl/ Ad.

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991 - Julia Fullerton-Batten

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991 - Julia Fullerton-Batten

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991 (Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten) :BOOK "Savage Girls And Wild Boys: A History Of Feral Children", BY Michael Newton

Feral: The children raised by wolves

Julia Fullerton-Batten has created a series of disturbing photographs that tell the stories of children raised in the wild.

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991 Oxana was found living with dogs in a kennel in She was eight years old and had lived with the dogs for six years.

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991

Julia Fullerton-Batten has created a series of disturbing photographs that tell the stories of children raised in the wild. She tells Fiona Macdonald about her haunting images.

Oxana Malaya, found in 1991 in Ukraine.  Abandoned by her alcoholic parents, Oxana spent most of her life living with dogs. She growled, barked and crouched like a wild dog, sniffed at her food before she ate it, and was found to have acquired extremely acute senses of hearing, smell, and sight.

Oxana Malaya (Оксана Малая) (born November was found as an feral child in Ukraine in having lived most of her life in the company of dogs. She picked up a number of dog-like habits and found it difficult to master language.

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991

Oxana Malaya, lived with dogs for 6 years

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991 (Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)

Feral: The children raised by wolves

Julia Fullerton-Batten has created a series of disturbing photographs that tell the stories of children raised in the wild.

Oxana Malaya, Ukraine, 1991 (Credit: Credit: Julia Fullerton-Batten)

Feral: The children raised by wolves

Julia Fullerton-Batten has created a series of disturbing photographs that tell the stories of children raised in the wild.

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