Australian authorities have captured a feral young boy this morning in New South Wales, who had apparently been living in the wild with a group of kangaroos.
Many sightings of the boy had been reported by various ranchers of the region over the last months, and he had even drawn some attention from the local media.
The child had been reported to accompany a mob of red kangaroos, which seemed to have adopted him as one of their own.
Officers of the federal police were finally able to capture him this morning, 16 kilometers outside of Broken Hill.
He was taken to the hospital immediately after his capture and was placed under the custody of agents from the Department of Child Protection.
“We are trying to establish the actual age and identity of the boy” explains Australian Federal Police Commander, Glen McEwen.
“The boy is extremely nervous and aggressive when approached by humans. This made his capture quite complicated, especially since the kangaroos defended him viciously. We had to “tranquilize” three of the adult marsupials using darts filled with sedatives before we could lay our hands on the child. We really went to great lengths to make sure we did not injure him during the operation. Fortunately, the capture was a great success and the boy is unharmed.”
The kangaroos accompanying the child were very aggressive towards the AFP officers when they approached the young boy. Many of them even attacked the policemen, forcing the officers to use tranquilizing darts.
The young boy was allegedly traveling and living with a group of a dozen kangaroos in the western regions of the province of New South Wales.
A few ranchers had reported seeing him around their property, scavenging various fallen fruits, seeds and nuts. Back in April, a man from Silverton even claimed to have seen him on his property, grazing fresh grasses and forbs with other kangaroos.
“The boy seems to have adopted most of the habits of the other kangaroos,” said Commander McEwen.
“He seems to have spent most of his day, resting in the shade, coming out at night to gather food and find some water.”
AFP Commander, Glen McEwen, admitted that he was very skeptical when he had received the first reports concerning a feral child near Broken Hill. “I really thought it was a hoax,” he told reporters. “In fact, I had doubts until I saw the boy myself.”
The boy is apparently aged between 4 and 6 years old, and seems surprisingly healthy considering the fact that he was living with animals. He suffers obvious signs of malnutrition, as well as severe sunburns, but he seems to have developed normally and to be in rather good shape.
A complete medical examination will, however, be necessary to determine precisely his physical and mental condition.
The boy doesn’t seem able to understand any human language and is visibly scared of other humans, suggesting he could have been living in the wild for many years.
He is terribly scared of other human beings and tends to react violently when approached, so his rehabilitation is expected to be a long and difficult process.
The Australian Federal Police launched an investigation to determine the identity of the child and the circumstances of his disappearance.