Boy Raised by Kangaroos Discovered in Australia

Broken Hill | Australian authorities have captured a  feral young boy this morning, in the province of 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.

They are asking anyone who could possess information which could be useful in the case, to contact the AFP as soon as possible.

5 Comments on "Boy Raised by Kangaroos Discovered in Australia"

  1. Michelle anderson | June 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm | Reply

    why didnt they gain his trust first and bring him food and clothing and learn about him first? instead they savagely beat down his family and stole him from his home and family which was all he knew. if the dhs was smart, they would work with a wildlife science person and take him back to where they found him, reunite him with his family, and then slowly gain his trust introducing new things to him. but no this kid will be traumatized for life instead because man acted brutally in the situation with not one iota of compassion brains or common sense as to what the kangaroos or the child would think if they did anything at all, they should have thought first and acted more appropriately. hope they teach him as he learns a language how to sue them for stealing him from his family and most likely torturing him for life with pumping him full of vaccines to top it all off.

  2. Lynda clancey | June 24, 2015 at 3:52 am | Reply

    I think you are right Dennis he doesn’t know any different he felt safe with the kangaroos should have been left alone

  3. They should of left him to grow with the kangaroos, they would of been like family to him and its not fair to take him away from that.

  4. Being an ex local of Broken Hill, lived there for 44 years, I am amazed that this little boy survived such harsh conditions in the bush. He learnt from the kangaroos and they obviously helped him survive….he is strong and will survive again….I do wonder about his family….surely they missed him?

  5. its happened before

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