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Germany’s Feral “Forest Boy” Found Guilty As Fraud

forest boyThis is one way to start your life all over again. Via The Local:

The young man who became world famous as the “Forest Boy” when he claimed he had lived feral in German woods for five years – agreed to carry out 150 hours of community service on Thursday after admitting making it all up. Berlin authorities charged him with fraud after spending €30,000 looking after him before his identity and age were revealed.

“Ray” became a global story in September 2011 after turning up at Berlin’s city hall and asking for help. He told astounded officials he had been living in the woods for five years with his father, sleeping in huts and living off the land. He said he no longer knew who he was nor where he was from – and that after his father died in a fall.

“Ray” stuck to his story for months and even attracted the attention of one couple who said he was their long lost son.

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Siberian ‘Forest Boy’ Emerges After Years of Living in Wild

E024D26AFE3D1A57D1763753309E56Ever wonder if any of the “Bigfoot” sightings that get reported are in fact sightings of hermits and “wild” people?

Via Newser:

A 20-year-old Russian man has emerged from a Siberian forest after spending 16 years living there. The man says he and his hermit parents moved there when he was 4. His folks finally left in May, and locals say they then decided to head to an island off Russia’s Pacific coast—and they didn’t invite their son, report AFP and RT News. “He has no education, no social skills, and no ideas about the world beyond the forest,” says a local prosecutor, per RIA Novosti. But “he looked normal and healthy; he only spoke slowly, since he doesn’t communicate as often as most people.”

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