Dungeon Kids Adjusting to Sunlit World

Fritzl children finding fresh air, cows, cell phones fascinating
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2008 11:44 AM CDT
This picture taken on April 30, 2008 shows the Mauer hospital where the family of Austrian Josef Fritzl is receiving psychological treatment in Amstetten, eastern Austria.   (AFP/Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Stefan and Felix Fritzl were awestruck by the moon, nudging each other, pointing, giggling with joy, the Guardian reports of the boys' first days outside the windowless Austrian cellar they grew up in. The pair, aged 18 and 5, had only seen the sky on television. Now, they’re adjusting to the “real world,” marveling at everyday objects and developing a tolerance for sunlight.

The boys are in good health, but show the strains of their captivity. Their skin is pale, they are short on vitamin D, and their teeth are in bad shape; their mother, Elisabeth, is completely toothless. Now they’re being slowly weaned onto sunlight. “The sun fascinated [Felix] even more than the moon,” said one police inspector.