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Mowgli (by John Lockwood Kipling), represents the modern idea of a feral child.

Feral children, children who have lived from a young age without human contact, appear in mythological and fictional works, usually as human characters who have been raised by animals. Often their dual heritage is a benefit to them, protecting them from the corrupting influence of human society (Tarzan), or permitting the development and expression of their own animal nature (Enkidu), or providing access to the wisdom and lore by which animals survive in the wild (Mowgli).

In most tales, the child is lost (Tarzan) or abandoned (Romulus and Remus) before being found and adopted in a chance encounter with a sympathetic wild animal. In some stories, the child chooses to abandon human society (Where the Wild Things Are) or refuses to enter society altogether (Peter Pan). The child usually returns to civilization, but may decide to return again to life in the wild (Tarzan). In some cases, they find themselves trapped between worlds unable to enter entirely into either human society or animal society (Mowgli).[1]

In mythology and ancient literature

In modern prose

In comics

In film

These films have fiction and one is based on the true story:

In television

In games


See also


  1. ^ Doniger O'Flaherty, Wendy (1995). Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 75–96. ISBN 0-226-61857-9.
  2. ^ Diplomat, James Pach, The. "Interview: Victor Robert Lee". The Diplomat. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  3. ^ Performance Anomalies.
  4. ^ Swisher, Viola Hegyi: "Generating The Genesis Children", After Dark, September 1972, p. 18
  5. ^ Lee 2013, p. 1.
  6. ^ "Tyree Brown". NBC. Archived from the original on August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  7. ^ "Captain Fantastic [DVD]". Amazon.

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