From feral child to "human pet" at court in Georgian England, Peter the Wild Boy caused a sensation. And new analysis of his portraits may have solved the mystery of his unusual characteristics. No-one knows if his name was really Peter - he couldn't talk. Nor did he walk, preferring to scamper on all fours, picking the pockets of courtiers and stealing kisses. Peter had been found living alone and naked in a German forest in 1725, presumably abandoned by parents who struggled to cope. The following year - aged about 12 - he was brought to London by George I where he became a "human pet" at Kensington Palace.
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