For most of her childhood, Carey, the main character in Emily Murdoch’s new novel, If You Find Me, has lived with her mother and her sister Jenessa, in a broken-down camper in the wilderness. When their mom disappears, Carey’s dad finds the sisters and take them back to civilization. Carey and Jenessa must adjust to life in the real world, far away from the forest they’ve come to call home.
It’s got to be tough to learn to live with regular humans after a life spent in the middle of nowhere. Carey and Jenessa’s story got us thinking about some of our favorite feral children. Whether they prefer chilling by themselves or hanging out with wild animals, these characters are crazy different from their counterparts in “normal society.” Which wild child takes the top spot? Vote for your favorite below, and let us know which ones we forgot in the comments!
from The Jungle Book
Mowgli’s the ultimate jungle kid. Raised by wolves, he loves making friends with all kinds of dangerous creatures. Even when Shere Kahn, the tiger famous for his love of eating humans, comes back to the forest, Mowgli’s STILL determined to stay. We also feel obligated to point out that the kid has some killer dance moves.
Tarzan’s situation is pretty similar to Mowgli’s—he’s an orphan abandoned in the jungle. Instead of wolves, though, he’s adopted by gorillas. He’s strong, resourceful, and he’s totally able to keep up with his animal family. Even though he falls in love with a human, he stays true to his jungle roots.
from Julie of the Wolves
When Eskimo girl Miyax (known as Julie to her friends) runs away from home, she gets lost on the Alaskan tundra. Luckily for her, she meets some wolves that accept her into their pack. We’re totally impressed by her survival skills (especially her ability to not get eaten by wild animals).
Donnie’s the definition of a wild child. He’s totally unintelligible, he refuses to wear normal clothes, and he’s the most hyper kid we’ve ever seen. He spent the first few years of his life with orangutans, but eventually comes to live with the Thornberries. Somehow, though, they don’t seem to have much an influence on him . . .
After surviving a plane crash, Mila is taken in by a pod of dolphins. But when she’s captured by researchers who want to bring her into the human world, she spends all her time trying to get back to her sea-creature brethren. You know how people go swimming with dolphins at Sea World? Yeah, that’s just Mila’s life.
Not only is Sharkboy raised by (you guessed it) sharks, he spends so much time with them that he actually develops shark-like superpowers. He’s an awesome swimmer, has super-sensitive hearing, and can talk to fish. Also, we think is worth mentioning that he’s played by baby Taylor Lautner.
Alan is 12 when he decides to play Jumanji. Big mistake. He ends up trapped in the jungle-themed board game for 26 YEARS. He gets pretty comfortable in the board game, but unlike some other feral children, he can’t wait to leave. And let’s be honest, wouldn’t you be itching to go if you’d been stuck in a box for three decades?
Max is a wild child before he even meets the Wild Things. He dresses up like a wolf and terrorizes his family, so naturally he gets sent to his room. But his room transforms into a jungle, and he parties with some animals until he’s named the King of the Wild Things. Pretty successful time-out, we’d say!
Which of these feral children is your fave? Vote now! And leave us a comment to let us know which ones we left out!
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