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Ramu, the ‘Wolf Boy’ Who Lived in the Wild, Reported Dead

February 23, 1985 GMT

NEW DELHI, India (AP) _ Ramu, the ″Wolf Boy,″ is dead.

Ramu, who, according to the United News of India, had been raised by wolves, walked on all fours and ate raw meat, died Monday in a home for the destitute near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh state, about 250 miles southeast of New Delhi, the news agency reported Saturday.

Ramu was in his 20s. The exact cause of death for was not known, but he developed cramps two weeks ago and did not respond to medical treatment, UNI reported.

Ramu created a sensation in 1976 when he was captured in a forest in the company of three wolf cubs, UNI said. He was about 10 years old at the time.

The agency said that when Ramu was found, he was walking on all fours, had matted hair, his nails had grown long, and his palms, elbows and knees were calloused, like the pads of a wolf’s paws.

UNI said Ramu had been eating raw meat like his wolf companions. After he was captured he still was attracted by raw meat and would sneak out and attack chickens in the neighborhood, the news agency said.

Ramu was handed over to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity ,who taught him to bathe and wear clothes, UNI said.

But like other children who spent their early years separated from human contact, Ramu never learned to speak, UNI said.

Although he created a press sensation at the time he was found, he was never put on display, UNI said.