Ishi, last member of the Yahi People
People throughout millenia have taken to the forests from the fabled Snow White to Robin Hood and his Merry Men, from hidden tribes to abandoned children.
Let's look at some unsettling cases -
Ishi (above) was the last of his tribe that had been slaughtered off during an Indian genocide. But, him and some of his family escaped and hid for 44 years and were thought to be extinct.
At 50 years of age in 1911 and starving to death, he dared to get a bit too close to civilization in Oroville, California and was taken in.
He was given the name Ishi because he had no people to give him a name. Examined and paraded around for the public, he eventually died alone of tuberculosis five years later, having no immunity to any diseases among the European settlers.
Stories of wild children are among the most enthralling, perhaps because it amazes us a child could survive the elements and knowing that beyond a certain age if language is not taught, it may never be acquired.