Easily clip, save and share what you find with family and speech development in young children by means of folklore. Easily download and save what you find. Wolves and bears, they say, Casting their savageness aside, have done Like offices of pity. Introduction Stories of children rescued from the wilderness have for centuries inspired awe, fascination and disbelief.
Tales of children being adopted and nurtured by wolves, bears, monkeys, and other animals crop up with remarkable regularity. As the medieval world gave way to the modern, the woodwose or wild man of the woods shifted from an archetype of chaos, insanity and heresy to one of natural harmony and enlightenment, culminating in Rousseau’s idea of the Noble Savage. But the wild man was both savage and sublime, an image of desire as well as punishment. A baby boy, abandoned by his mother during the chaos of the Gothic wars in about AD 250, was found and suckled by a she-goat. When the survivors returned to their homes, they found the boy living with his adopted mother and named him Aegisthus.
Procopius states he saw the child himself. Isolated from civilisation, they are then supposedly nurtured by animals or somehow survive on their own during those vital formative years. Their shadowy pasts will, to us, remain forever mysteries. Victor, the wild boy of Aveyron, was immortalised in Truffaut’s film L’Enfant Sauvage, which for many people is their first exposure to the story of a feral child. As is so often the case with feral children, Victor didn’t take kindly to being trapped and he quickly escaped, only to be caught again a year later. This time, he lasted a week in the company of a widow who fed and clothed him, before he escaped yet again.