Child: Oxana Malaya
The definition of the word feral children is undomesticated children. It has been a proven case that young children cannot survive on their own in the wild they are merely adopted by animals that choose to love them and want to help the children and teach them their way of life. An animal can sense when they’re in danger but when these children pose no threat all they want is devotion, love, protection they didn’t receive from the parents or guardians that abounded them.
Facts known about the child:
Oxana Malaya lived in Russia, Ukraine in an old village farm at Blagoveshchensk. For six years Oxana lived with the family’s dog in the kennel. Oxana Malaya was born in 1983. She weighed 5 pounds and 11 ounces. She had no disabilities nor psychically, mentally and emotionally problems.
Her parents were drinking alcohol one night and left their three year old daughter outside. Looking for warmth and comfort the child crawled to the dog’s kennel. When the dogs braked. She would repeat what they did. The dogs were like a mother to the child; sharing food and raising the child as one of its own. Surviving on raw meat and scraps. A neighbour found Oxana at the age of eight in 1991 but it was too late, she already started mimicking the dog’s behaviour and how they lived. Oxana Malaya could bark and run on all fours because her muscles and body grew into that kind of position. Oxana learned how to understand what the dogs were communicating to her. She started copying the dogs; that’s how she learnt to survive the everyday life of a dog.
The dogs used to attack anyone who dared to take Oxana Malaya away from them because they had a special connection/bond that couldn’t be broken. The way they got Oxana away from the dogs was to distract the dogs by food. How the child was affected by the upbringing:
Oxana didn’t feel the need to talk because she only socialised with dogs. Without her parents guiding her. Teaching her right from wrong. How to act in society plus she didn’t have any children to play with. Oxana was shown by dog how to behave and what is wrong and right in a dog’s world. When people looked at Oxana they could see that she was uncoordinated with tom boy looks. The way she walked is like she was stomping and swinging her shoulders. Also her teeth are misshaped.
There was not much documentation recorded about Oxana Malaya physical and psychological state by the police and the other authorities. They neglected the situation because it was. To shameful to acknowledge Oxana Malaya. The outcome could have sealed her fate if it wasn’t for the neighbour who called them.
The progress Oxana Malaya made:
Oxana was sent to an orphanage. She bonded emotionally to semi-stray dogs. It was believed that the stray dogs and the dogs she grew up with at her family’s farm stunted her abilities in language, human social and emotional skills. Later Oxana Malaya was sent to a nursing home for mentally and disabled adults in Barabol (Ovidiopol Raion of Odessa Oblast) she went through years of specialized therapy and education to correct her behaviour in social and education issues. They taught her to speak fluently and many of her behavioural problems were fixed.
At the age of 20 they put her in a house for the mentally ill (Baraboy Clinic) where the doctors could rehabilitate her but they first wanted to learn the facts and history about the child. So they could get her used to living with a human society and dealing with the human language. Oxana Malaya can now understand the human verbal communication in addition make sentences. The specialists believe that because she had started to pick up language as a toddler she had developed a framework to add new language to. At the age of twenty-two Oxana wanted to see her birth parents for the first time. Oxana was talking about her parents,
‘My parents had too many children and not enough beds. Also my mother wanted...