Victor of Aveyron was a French feral child who was found in 1800 after apparently spending the majority of his childhood alone in the woods. Upon his discovery, his case was taken up by a young physician, Jean Marc Gaspard Itard, who worked with the boy for five years and gave him his name, Victor. Itard was interested in determining what Victor could learn. He devised procedures to teach the boy words and recorded his progress. Based on his work with Victor, Itard broke new ground in the education of the developmentally delayed.
Dina Sanichar, one of the boys who lived at the Sekandra orphanage, is usually assumed to have been mentally sub-normal. He was removed from a wolves’ cave in 1867 when he was about six years of age. Dina Sanichar was discovered when hunters in the jungles of Bulandshahr were astonished to see a boy follow a wolf into her den, running on all fours. They smoked out the wolf and her companion and shot the wolf. He initially exhibited all the habits of a wild animal, tearing off clothes and eating food from the ground. He was eventually weaned off raw meat onto cooked, but he never learn to speak. He apparently became addicted to tobacco. Dina Sanichar died in 1895.
When a young boy only known as “Bello” was abandoned at the age of six months in the Nigerian Falgore forest, a group of chimpanzees found him and saved his life. He nursed off of a mother chimp and spent a year and a half in their company, learning how to walk in an exaggerated, ape-like manner and expressing himself with grunts and squeals. He was rescued in 1996 and brought to a children’s home, where they tirelessly worked to rehabilitate him and teach him the ways of humans.