Feral child discovered in Siberia

May 29, 2009

A feral child has been discovered in rural Russia, Reuters reports.

The five year old girl, whose development is more akin to a two-year-old, was found by Russian police in the Siberian city of Chita. Unable to speak a human language, she had taken on the vernacular of her adoptive canine parents.

Natascha, the feral child discovered in Chita, Siberia.

Natascha, the feral child discovered in Chita, Siberia.

“For five years, the girl was ‘brought up’ by several dogs and cats and had never been outside,” a police statement said. “When carers leave the room, [she] jumps at the door and barks.”

“Natasha” has been transferred to an orphanage while her (human) mother is questioned by police. The whereabouts of her biological father is not known.

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