Victor ‘the Wild Boy of Aveyron’ is another name on the list that you may sound familiar. Some say that he could be the first documented cause of autism, but he is definitely a well known case of a child that was left alone in the wild. At the end of the 18th century, several people saw Victor wandering in the Saint Sernin sur Rance woods, which is located in southern France. Victor was captured a first time and somehow escaped.

Victor ‘the Wild Boy of Aveyron’ is another name on the list that you may sound familiar. Some say that he could be the first documented cause of autism, but he is definitely a well known case of a child that was left alone in the wild. At the end of the 18th century, several people saw Victor wandering in the Saint Sernin sur Rance woods, which is located in southern France. Victor was captured a first time and somehow escaped.

Jean Itard (1774-1838), Mémoire et Rapport sur Victor de l'Aveyron. L'enfant sauvage. Le naturel versus le culturel. L'inné versus l'acquis.... Victor of Aveyron, a so called feral child. The observational rapport by Itard (1801,1806) (In French) states behavioral traits which have later been associated with autism.

Jean Itard (1774-1838), Mémoire et Rapport sur Victor de l'Aveyron. L'enfant sauvage. Le naturel versus le culturel. L'inné versus l'acquis.... Victor of Aveyron, a so called feral child. The observational rapport by Itard (1801,1806) (In French) states behavioral traits which have later been associated with autism.

"BETTER TIMES WILD WORLD HUMANITY THAT SAVAGERY OF HUMANITY" BY JEAN ITARD .... (Memory on the early development of Victor of Aveyron) (1801) .........

"BETTER TIMES WILD WORLD HUMANITY THAT SAVAGERY OF HUMANITY" BY JEAN ITARD .... (Memory on the early development of Victor of Aveyron) (1801) .........

Imagine if Battles and A Lull had an illegitimate child, who was then abandoned into the wilderness. Who, according to fellow writer Jimmy Roxy, adopted the vocals of the Beach Boys. Eventually, should the child emerge and successfully avoid becoming Victor of Aveyron, you’d get Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Ghost Heart. Oh. And a timpani…that they tour with.

Imagine if Battles and A Lull had an illegitimate child, who was then abandoned into the wilderness. Who, according to fellow writer Jimmy Roxy, adopted the vocals of the Beach Boys. Eventually, should the child emerge and successfully avoid becoming Victor of Aveyron, you’d get Grand Rapids, Michigan’s Ghost Heart. Oh. And a timpani…that they tour with.

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▶ L'enfant sauvage - YouTube (Victor of Aveyron)

▶ L'enfant sauvage - YouTube (Victor of Aveyron)

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Victor was seen at the end of the 18th century in the woods of Saint Sernin sur Rance, in the south of France and captured but somehow escaped. In January 8, 1800 he was caught again. He was about 12 years old, his body covered in scars and unable to speak a word.  All images © Julia Fullerton-Batten

Victor was seen at the end of the 18th century in the woods of Saint Sernin sur Rance, in the south of France and captured but somehow escaped. In January 8, 1800 he was caught again. He was about 12 years old, his body covered in scars and unable to speak a word. All images © Julia Fullerton-Batten

"Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron,

"Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron,

Wild Boy of Aveyron has a name- "Victor"

Wild Boy of Aveyron has a name- "Victor"

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