Man ‘raised by wolves’ and found running around barefoot hates living as a human

A man who was reportedly raised by wolves has confessed he is disappointed with human life – and wishes he hadn't left his adoptive pack.

Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja was branded the Mowgli of Spain after he was found aged 19, surrounded by canines in a cave in the Sierra Morena mountain range after having allegedly lived there for 12 years.

Authorities took him back to civilisation and the now-72-year-old has lived among humans ever since – but part of him longs for his wild past.

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Asked whether he would return to the mountains, he told the BBC: "I thought about it many times. But I'm used to this life now and there are so many things that I didn't have there, like music for instance, or women. Women are one good reason to stay here."

Pantoja, who was dubbed the Mowgli of Spain, recalled how he first ended up in the mountains after his mother died and his father got into another relationship.

They took him to replace a goatherd, who died when Pantoja was just seven, leaving him on his own.

"One day I went into a cave and started to play with wolf cubs that lived here and fell asleep. Later, the mother brought food for them and I woke up," he said.

He said the wolf mother gave him some food and pushed it towards him with his nose before she started licking him.

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"After that I was one of the family," he recalled.

After being brought back to the human world, Pantoja said he struggled to adjust to everyday life and was mocked for not knowing about football, politics and popular culture.

He also said the hustle and bustle of human life was difficult to get used to.

Pantoja said: "I could not cope with so much noise, the cars, and people going back and forwards like ants. But at least ants all go in the same direction. People went everywhere. I was scared of crossing the road."

He has now grown used to his new life, but said he can still communicate with wolves and even mimic the sounds of other animals accurately thanks to his years being raised in the cave.

Speaking to El Pais he previously said: "There are wolves and if I call out to them they are going to respond, but they are not going to approach me.

"I smell like people, I wear cologne."

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