(image taken from source link – here)
The man in the photo above is 72 year old Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja, who lives in a small cold house in the Spanish village of Rante.
His life within civilisation has known the death of his mother at an early age; being passed between people who either abandoned him or died, leaving him to have to fend for himself; since his capture, exploitation, abuse and being cheated; and now, in his cold home, Marcos is having to rely on solidarity from the local environmental group Amig@s das Arbores to raise money to insulate his house and purchase a small pellet boiler.
Marcos didn’t always live like this. Before being domesticated by civilisation, Marcos spent 12 years, from age 7 to 19, living with a pack of wolves.
The wolves accepted him as a brother, with the she-wolf who fed him teaching him the true meaning of motherhood.
Marcos slept in a cave, living alongside bats, snakes and deer, listening to the songs of their howls and squawks.
These wild animals taught him to survive, which berries and mushrooms were safe to eat.
The calluses on his feet were so hard, he could kick rocks like they were balls, with no pain.
At this time, he no longer used the languages of civilisation, but could communicate through other means – “Animals also cry,” he says.
Marcos has tried to return to the mountains, but it is different now.
“Now the wolves don’t see him as a brother anymore. “You can tell that they are right there, you hear them panting, it gives you goosebumps … but it’s not that easy to see them,” he explains. “There are wolves and if I call out to them they are going to respond, but they are not going to approach me,” he says with a sigh.”
(taken from the source link posted above)
Now Marcos tells children about his experiences, passing on what he can of the wild, of the wolves.