BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Americas
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 



Patricio Millan, Chilean National Child Care Service
"When he was found he was living... in a cave"
 real 28k

Monday, 18 June, 2001, 20:52 GMT 21:52 UK
'Dog child' rescued
The Santiago skyline
Alex is being transferred to the Chilean capital for care
By Claire Marshall in Santiago

In Chile, an 11-year-old boy who had been living wild with a pack of dogs has been rescued by authorities and taken to hospital.

The child, who has severe physical and psychiatric health problems, had been surviving by drinking the milk of a female dog, who was the pack leader, and scavenging for food.

When found, he was severely malnourished and unable to form words normally.

He is known as Alex although the local press have nicknamed him the "dog child".

Violent

He had been living with a large group of the animals on the outskirts of a port city in southern Chile.

Authorities say he is extremely violent.

When local police tried to take him in he hurled himself into the sea in an effort to escape and had to be treated for hypothermia.

It is thought he had been living this way for a number of months.

Given his acute mental troubles, Alex is due to be transferred to a child psychiatric unit in the Chilean capital Santiago within the next few days.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
See also:

28 Sep 99 | Scotland
Man who lived in wild recaptured
08 Jul 98 | Entertainment
The real horse-whisperer speaks out
09 Apr 01 | Asia-Pacific
Japan's pet-friends
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Americas stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Americas stories