November 4, 1983 |
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (now Ukraine)
|Other names||Ukrainian Dog Girl|
|Known for||Feral child|
Oxana Oleksandrivna Malaya (Ukrainian: Оксана Олександрівна Малая, born November 4, 1983 in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine (then Soviet Union)) is a Ukrainian mental patient internationally known for her morbid dog-imitating behaviour. Malaya has been the subject of documentaries, interviews, and tabloid headlines as a feral child "raised by dogs", although it is not clear if she ever lived separately from people.
|Oxana Malaya in her nursing home|
|Oxana Malaya in her nursing home Fakty i kommentarii|
Malaya was born in Nova Blagovishchenka village of Hornostaivka Raion, Kherson Oblast of the Ukrainian SSR to a large family and probably suffered from a developmental disorder. She was neglected by her alcoholic parents at an early age.
As a toddler, Malaya was allegedly left outside by her parents. She crawled into the kennel of her parents' semi-stray dogs where she stayed. This led to her developing many dog-like behaviours such as barking and sniffing things, which stunted her abilities in language, normal human social and emotional skills. Malaya was eventually transferred to the nursing home for mentally-disabled adults in Barabol (Ovidiopol Raion of Odessa Oblast). She underwent years of specialized therapy and education to address her behavioral, social, and educational issues. She was taught to speak fluently, and many of her behavioral problems were remedied.
As of 2003, Malaya was living and working at the Barabol nursing home, looking after cows and horses.
- Повторившая судьбу маугли 17-летняя воспитанница одесского интерната оксана малая совсем не обижается, когда ее называют девочкой-собакой - 2001 article in Fakty i kommentarii tabloid (Ukrainian)
- У героини публикации «фактов» оксаны малой, которая выросла в… Собачьей конуре, нашлись родной брат и маленькая племянница, тоже оксана - 2003 follow-up article in Fakty i kommentarii (Ukrainian)
- Daily Telegraph article
- Animal Planet Raised Wild documentary