Russian officials are questioning the mother of a girl, whom officials discovered living in a squalid apartment in Siberia with no heat or running water. The girl had apparently never been outside and does not know how to speak. Rather, she snarls and barks like the dogs and cats who raised her.
According to police, Natasha understands Russian when spoken too, but would only respond with the animal sounds and gestures.
From the BBC:
“When carers leave the room, the girl jumps at the door and barks,” the police said.
A police statement said the girl was unwashed, dressed in filthy clothes and had the “clear attributes of an animal”.
“For five years, the girl was ‘brought up’ by several dogs and cats and had never been outside,” the statement said.
The police said the girl had managed to master “animal language only”, but seemed able to understand Russian.
Natasha has been placed at an orphanage. Though she’s five, caregivers there say she looks more like she’s two years old.
Natasha isn’t the only Russian child to have a dog for a mom. Here’s the story of a three-yeary-old found back in February.
Photo: gnokr.com (story on other feral children)