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Raised Wild is a show where anthropologist investigate occurrences where people have found what are known as feral children. These children are usually abandoned or orphaned and left to adapt to their situations. Many times being raised by various animals. Often many grow up to adulthood without being fully rehabilitated back into society.

There are many scientist that appear on the show that give their opinions on why or how a human child is able to adapt to such conditions. Some of these conditions seem grotesque to many of us today. In one episode a child is abandoned by her parents and left to be raised by some dogs. This means in order to adapt she had to eat scraps of raw meat and even sometimes scrounging among trash for bits of food.

Many of the children also adapt in ways of communication. Instead of using words they use the sounds of the animals that had brought them up. A boy found living with some monkeys would hoot and holler as if he were actually one of the monkeys. Some of the theories that have been passed along is that the young children who were orphaned or abandoned would receive love and attention from these animals and would adapt so they could survive.

If a child is left without professional help after a long period of time they may not develop the skills that we use in everyday life. This is left in question with a particular boy who was raised by chickens. He lived in a place where he grew up to be a man and though he was fed and sometimes bathed he did not receive any help for rehabilitation into society.

The show shows some real footage as well as re-enactments of what each child has gone through. The show also interviews some of the children who were able to be rehabilitated so that they could explain their experiences with those who raised them. They also sometimes interview those who found the child or had an encounter with them.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on Animal Planet
1 Season, 5 Episodes
September 23, 2014
Animals, Documentary & Biography
7.5/10
Cast: Mary-Ann Ochota
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Raised Wild Full Episode Guide

  • The story of a Fijian man whose parents locked him in a chicken coop as a boy in the 1970s because they thought he was mentally challenged.

  • Dr. Mary-Ann Ochota journeys to Ukraine to uncover the truth behind the incredible story of Oksana Malaya, a young girl allegedly raised by dogs.

  • In the series premiere, British anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota investigates cases of children raised in the absence of human contact, including a Ugandan man who resided with vervet monkeys after his mother died when he was young.

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