I love these stories. Wild children growing up in the forest. You don’t hear stories like this anymore, or so I thought until the news of the past week.
In Germany, a boy aged between 15 and 17 has emerged from the forest near Berlin having apparently lived wild with his father for the last five years. He claims to have lost his memory although he does remember enough to tell the authorities that he and his father retreated to the forest on the death of his mother some 5 years ago.
He also says that his father died in a fall two weeks ago and since then he followed his instructions and travelled north until he was found. (I wonder if the body will be found?)
The boy only speaks English (in contrast to this wild girl who answered only in unintelligible sounds) which make his appearance in Germany a little suspicious. Did he and his father travel to Germany with the intention of getting ‘lost’?
Back in 1905 people wondered how this wild girl survived the harsh winter. In 2011 the tone of all the news reports I have read about this boy is far more suspicious. I wonder where he really came from and if he has actually spent the last five years living wild? His real identity will probably be found out soon enough. I kind of hope his story is true.