Man 'Raised By Wolves' Has A Few Complaints About Human Society

His childhood has been studied by anthropologist Gabriel Janer Manila. y die Fotosynthese/Shutterstock

Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja spent most of his childhood in the mountains of rural Spain alongside wolves, wild boars, and snakes, with no human contact. He's perhaps one of the few that are as close as it gets to being "raised by wolves".

Now, at 72 years old, he has talked to Spanish newspaper El País about his life and experiences integrating back into human society. Essentially, he thinks the human world sucks and that he was happier living with the wolves.

In the early 1950s, when he was around six years old, his abusive family sold him to an elderly goat farmer in the Sierra Morena mountains. Shortly after, the old goat herdsman died. Reluctant to return to the memories of his abusive childhood, he began to fend for himself in the wild using basic survival techniques taught by the farmer and by observing animals in the wild. Over the next 15 years, he claims he lived in caves where he "befriended" and interacted with wolves and other animals of the mountain range.

Gabriel Janer Manila, an anthropologist who wrote his thesis on Marcos, explains that he has confirmed large parts of the personal account, although other aspects of his testimony have to be carefully interpreted.

“Marcos does not tell us what happened, but what he believes happened,” Manila told BBC News in 2013. “But that's what we all do  to present our take on the facts.”

“When Marcos sees a snake and gives her milk, and then the snake comes back, he says she's his friend. The snake is not his 'friend'. She is following him because he gives her milk. He says 'she protects me' because that is what he believes has happened.”

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