Oxana Malaya

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Oxana Malaya
Born(1983-11-04) November 4, 1983 (age 30)
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (now Ukraine)
NationalityUkrainian
Other namesUkrainian Dog Girl
Known forFeral child
 
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Oxana Malaya
Born(1983-11-04) November 4, 1983 (age 30)
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (now Ukraine)
NationalityUkrainian
Other namesUkrainian Dog Girl
Known forFeral child

Oxana Oleksandrivna Malaya (Ukrainian: Оксана Олександрівна Малая, born November 4, 1983 in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine (then Soviet Union)) is a Ukrainian mental patient internationally known for her morbid dog-imitating behaviour. Malaya has been the subject of documentaries, interviews, and tabloid headlines as a feral child "raised by dogs",[1] although it is not clear if she ever lived separately from people.

Biography[edit]

Malaya was born in Nova Blagovishchenka village of Hornostaivka Raion, Kherson Oblast of the Ukrainian SSR to a large family and probably suffered from a developmental disorder. She was neglected by her alcoholic parents at an early age.

As a toddler, Malaya was allegedly left outside by her parents. She crawled into the kennel of her parents' semi-stray dogs where she stayed. This led to her developing many dog-like behaviours such as barking and sniffing things, which stunted her abilities in language, normal human social and emotional skills. Malaya was eventually transferred to the nursing home for mentally-disabled adults in Barabol (Ovidiopol Raion of Odessa Oblast). She underwent years of specialized therapy and education to address her behavioral, social, and educational issues. She was taught to speak fluently, and many of her behavioral problems were remedied.

In a British Channel 4 documentary, as well in the Portuguese SIC channel documentary, her doctors stated that it is unlikely that she will ever be properly rehabilitated into "normal" society.

As of 2003, Malaya was living and working at the Barabol nursing home, looking after cows and horses.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (2005-06-07). "Cry of an enfant sauvage". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2006-07-17. 

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