Oxana Malaya

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Oleksandrivna and the family name is Malaya.
Oxana Malaya
Born Oxana Oleksandrivna Malaya
(1983-11-04) November 4, 1983 (age 31)
Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (now Ukraine)
Nationality Ukrainian
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",[1] although it is not clear if she ever lived separately from people.[2]


Malaya was born in the village of Nova Blagovishchenka in 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.[2]

Malaya was eventually transferred to the nursing home for mentally-disabled adults in Barabol (rural 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.

In a British Channel 4 documentary, and in the Portuguese SIC channel documentary, her doctors stated that it is unlikely that she will ever be properly rehabilitated into "normal" society.

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  1. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (June 7, 2005). "Cry of an enfant sauvage". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 17, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b "Raised Wild". Animal Discovery. November 30, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 

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