Science: Baboon Boy

From Romulus and Remus, mythical wolf-suckled founders of Rome, to modern times, the world's folklore is full of tales of human children reared in the wilds by animals, and such tales have flowered in fiction from Kipling's Mowgli to Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan. Very few, nevertheless, are the cases, authenticated to the satisfaction of science, of moppets growing up in forest or jungle without human contacts, whether with or without animal foster parents. One authentic woodland waif was the "Wild Boy of Aveyron," found in a French forest in 1799. Others were Amala...

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