So, this isn’t necessarily gadget-related, but a good rule of thumb is to publish anything you yourself found interesting. Such is the case with your correspondent and the documented, real-world cases of feral children. Despite numerous characters in fiction, there have been a handful of documented cases of feral children in recent years. And yes, many have been raised by dogs.
A relatively famous case is that Amala and Kamala of India circa 1920, who were reportedly truly raised by wolves. They were “rescued” and “adopted” by one Rev. Joseph Amrito Lal Singh, rector of a local orphanage. Being past critical ages for socialization and language learning, the girls experienced great difficulty in human society. More from Wikipedia.
There have been many cases in more recent years including Ivan Mishukov, found living with a pack of street dogs in Russia, or Oxana Malaya (pictured above, image from Channel 4, UK), who spent a few years living with dogs after her deadbeat parents abandoned her.
For a more comprehensive list of raised-by-animals stories, see FeralChildren.com. Keep in mind that many of the cases are seriously lacking in credibility, and even the most verifiable ones suggest that the children were tolerated by animals more than raised by them.
We’d also like to raise the point that while real-life cases such as these are truly fascinating (again, this Medgadgeteer had no idea there were any real cases), they’re also distressing examples of child abuse and our society’s inability to deal with those who don’t fit the norm. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that there’s any moral to this story…