In what is believed to be a world first, Irish scientists have discovered a boy raised for ten years by cats.
Professor Fran Katzenjammer of the Dublin Institute of Science says the boy, now 16, was raised by the cats in a Dublin suburb since the age of six.
“It’s certainly a dramatic twist on the myth of children raised by wolves or dogs,” Professor Katzenjammer said.
“We believe the boy was lost after a particularly vigorous party and stumbled out into the street, where he encountered the pack of cats.
“We don’t know why the cats took the boy on, but cat psychologists we have consulted believe the pack thought it was probably ‘a bit of a laugh’.
“We’re attempting to communicate with the boy to discover his name and family, but he keeps curling up and going to sleep.”
The boy, nicknamed Felix by the scientists, is largely non-verbal, with his English phrases limited to “want breakfast now”, “feck off” and “want dinner now”.
“We’re going to conduct further tests on Felix,” Professor Katzenjammer said “once we coax him out of his bolt-hole under the sofa.”