Man Says He Was Raised by Wolves
Marcos Rodriguez Pantoja says he traded words for growls
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 27, 2013 9:02 AM CST
A Spanish man says he was raised by wolves.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A six-year-old boy was taken into the mountains to help a goatherd, but when the man died, the boy was left alone—until a mother wolf nosed some meat his way. So says Marcos Rodriguez Pantoja, now in his late 60s and long back among humans in the Spanish town of Rante. He was discovered at age 19 by police after years with the animals, he tells the BBC. It all started in a cave, where he was playing with wolf cubs. When the mother arrived with food, she ultimately shared it with the boy.

"She put her tongue out and started to lick me. After that, I was one of the family," he says. Another friend was a snake: "I made a nest for her and gave her milk from the goats. She followed me everywhere and protected me." The tale resulted in a novel by author Gabriel Janer Manila, as well as a 2010 film. As to its truth, Janer Manila has a theory. "Marcos does not tell us what happened, but what he believes happened," the writer says. For instance, "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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Ezekiel 25:17
Nov 28, 2013 4:36 PM CST
I was raised by a newt. Well a witch turned me into one and I had to find somewhere to hide out with my own. "Why are you not a newt now?" I did get better.
iq145
Nov 27, 2013 10:39 PM CST
That's an old old story. The oldest one i can think of is Romulus and Remus, dating back to 700 BC. Why people would WANT to claim they're raised by animals is a mystery to me...
foxnewsis1
Nov 27, 2013 7:33 PM CST
I thought that is how Comrade Putin was raised?