The amazing story of Chad Farelli, the boy raised by wolves in Arizona, took yet another twist when he left his adoptive home in Alamogordo, NM, and went back to live in the wild.
As a search was launched, biologist Dr. Fawn Malo expressed concerns about the twelve year old boy's prospects for survival if he is not found again soon.
"Chad just doesn't have the skills to hunt and survive on his own yet, it's doubtful another wolf pack will accept him and he may not be able to find his old pack--who knows if it's even still intact."
The boy is presumed to be trying to return to the wild: several sightings of him and the family dog were reported around the Gila Wilderness, over a hundred miles from Alamogordo.
The young Farelli left the comfort of his new home after he saw an old episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!, according to his new mom Nina Farelli.
"The doctors said it was okay to let him watch TV and go on the internet because it was helping him to learn English. But Chad found that Honey Boo Boo show and just freaked out. He was screaming 'No, people bad!' over and over again, it really disturbed him I guess. The next morning he was gone and our malamute was gone with him."
This past year has been difficult for Chad. Ever since he was discovered and rescued by hunters in an Arizona forest a year ago, everyday has been a struggle to adjust. Chad has yet to overcome the urge to chase rabbits and small animals, and he was kicked out of a school for kids with special needs after only a week.
Ms. Farelli explained why the school wouldn't work with Chad anymore after the other parents complained.
"They tried to say he was acting out sexualized behavior, but any one with a dog knows they sniff each others butts all the time. And then another time he had a fight with a classmate and pushed the boy down and humped his leg--but in that context it's all about dominance, Chad isn't even sexually mature yet."
So what does happen to Chad when he reaches puberty--if he even survives in the wilderness?
According to Dr. Malo, Chad will likely seek out a mate by his mid-teens.
"We're talking about strong biological urges, even bonding with wolves will not override Chad's sex drive once he's sexually mature. If he doesn't see a human female, or a male if that's his orientation, he at least has the memory now, and that will trigger a powerful desire to return to his own kind at puberty."