Oxana Malaya

Age: 8
Date: 1991
Location: Novaya Blagoveschenka, Ukraine
Animals: Dogs

Lived with dogs
Not really either a feral child or a confined child, but rather a neglected one, Oxana Malaya spent much of her childhood between the ages of 3 and 8 living in a kennel in the back garden of the family home in Novaya Blagoveschenka, Ukraine, although she did spend some time in the house with her alcholic and neglectful parents.

Oxana Malaya, the Dog Girl
Her childhood spent in the company of dogs meant that Oxana exhibited many of the characteristics of feral children. Her actions and sounds mimicked those of her carers: she would run about on all fours and bark. When first found in 1991 she could hardly speak.

What has become of Oxana Malaya?
Although Oxana can now talk and behave normally in many respects, she lives in a home for the mentally ill and will never be considered a "normal" person.