The Wild Boy of
from James 5
Miss Rosita made remarkable progress with Negrito. Expert
believe that he must have been in the wild since an age when he
was able to walk up right, otherwise, he would, as in other
cases of feral children, walk on all fours, or crawl on his
knees and hands. He appears to be eight or nine years old. Miss
Rosita observe that Negrito knew of many items presented to him,
even knew their purpose. He knew how to put on a hat, and how to
hold a spoon, even though he would not use it. He would pick up
shoes and put them next to his feet to show that he knew its
When he needed to urinate, Negrito just did it, whether he was
walking, or standing in place. When a physical movement of
nature called, he squatted and did what he must regardless of
where he was or who might be around him. However, he did not do
it around where his food was placed.
When around dogs, he did not bark as domesticated dogs do, but
made strange noises as wild dogs or wolves made in the wild.
Some of the canines seemed afraid of him; others amazingly
appeared to communicate with him. When “communicating” with
dogs, Negrito showed a neutral face. However, when angry he
growled and shows his teeth.
A particular trait of Negrito was that he liked children and
women, but would growl and try to bite most grown males. Negrito
begun to make friends with some of the younger patients and some
of the nurses in the asylum, another interesting trait was that
when disciplined physically by a known person, he would just lay
there in a submissive position. However, if the punisher were
unknown to him, Negrito would go into a wild uncontrollable rage
against that individual, even causing bodily harm to the
Speech was still an issue. He made no attempt to communicate
with words. He would growl or whine to be understood. This was
frustrating Miss Rosita. Another teacher suggested teaching him
the language of the deaf, sign language. Negrito learned sign
language fast, and was soon communicating his needs via sign
Negrito continued to make progress by all account, and suddenly,
one day he was gone. All the authority personal of the
institution claimed that they did not know what happened to him.
Some say that while Negrito received more freedom of movement
within the asylum, he took the opportunity to run away.
Miss Rosita was heart broken; she insisted she did not know why
he would run away. He was making such great progress and seemed
happy in his new “civilized” life. Because of public outcry, the
Monte Grande commandant recruited people to investigate and
search for Negrito.
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