AN Andalucian who was ‘raised by wolves’ has said he is disappointed by life in the human world.
Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja, from Córdoba, suffered abuse from his father and stepmother after his mother died when he was three.
He was sold to a goat herder who lived alone in the mountains of the Sierra Morena, but the man died or disappeared when Pantoja was only aged seven.
The Cordoban claims he was then ‘adopted by a pack of wolves’ who took him in as one of their own.
He would play with cubs and was cared for by a female wolf.
Pantoja was an official member of the pack and slept in a cave and lived off berries and mushrooms.
“I only wrapped my feet up when they hurt because of the snow,” he said.
“I had such big calluses on my feet that kicking a rock was like kicking a ball.”
He was discovered by police when he was aged 19.
He grunted and growled at them, having long stopped using words to communicate.
He was captured and forced to return to civilisation, while his life has been the subject of anthropological studies, books and even a film – 2010’s Entrelobos (Among Wolves).
But at 72, Pantoja says living with humans is much more difficult than with wolves.
While he has held jobs in hospitality and construction, he has felt cheated and exploited by his bosses.
A green group is now crowdfunding to help pay for his village house to have insulation, while he gives talks at schools about animal welfare and the environment.
Pantoja said he feels more comfortable with children than with adults.
He has tried to return to the mountains he once called home, but says it’s ‘not what it used to be’ because the wolves no longer see him as their brother.
“There are wolves and if I call out to them they are going to respond, but they are not going to approach me.”
- Brazilian soldier from convoy of President Bolsonaro arrested for smuggling cocaine into Spain’s Sevilla after controversial leader vowed to crack down on drugs - 26 Jun, 2019 @ 12:41
- One hospitalised as roaring chemical plant fire in San Roque is brought under control - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 20:27
- Gibraltar says ‘no cause for concern’ as toxic smoke from San Roque chemical fire unlikely to affect British territory - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 17:55
- Firefighters near San Roque chemical fire warn of toxic smoke as Gibraltar government advises residents to CLOSE WINDOWS and doors - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 17:35
- WATCH: Homes evacuated as huge chemical fire ‘covers cars in ash’ and ‘turns sky dark’ near Spain’s Costa del Sol - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 16:59
- IN VIDEOS: HUGE mushroom cloud of toxic black smoke as fire BLAZES at chemical plant near Spain’s Costa del Sol - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 16:16
- BREAKING: Incident at San Roque oil refinery as flames and smoke billow from plant - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 15:54
- PLEASE SHARE: British teen launches last-ditch appeal to find dad who vanished from Spain’s Costa Blanca almost 10 years ago - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 15:34
- Shots fired at mosque in Spain - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 14:37
- BLUFFING MUFFINS: WARNING as batches of ‘fake gluten and dairy free’ magdalenas across Spain at risk of causing widespread allergic reactions - 25 Jun, 2019 @ 14:27