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Wilderness Boy Is ‘Civilized’; Likes Bowling And TV

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Sep. 21 2011, Updated 2:00 p.m. ET

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by Radar Staff

The forest boy making headlines out of Germany is more civilized than many had given him credit for.

As we previously reported, the boy -- who is believed to be 17 years old and answers to the name “Ray” -- purportedly spent five years living in the wilderness before sprouting up at Berlin City Hall in Germany September 5, following what he claims was his father's death. There, he reportedly begged officials: "I'm alone in the world. I don't know who I am. Please help me."

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On Wednesday, a hostel worker named Beate Kohn told The Times that the boy has been adapting well to modern civilization, as he has table manners, showers regularly and likes activities such as bowling and watching TV.

"He was very, very kindly to everybody, with the other kids and with us," Berlin-based Kohn, 50, told the paper. "He watched TV, he went outdoors, he took little walks and joined the activities, like bowling.

Kohn said the young man "had moments where he appeared uneasy, but generally he settled in well and appeared comfortable -- there were no problems with him and he seemed happy to be inside, to sleep in a comfortable bed and take regular showers."

The boy claims his late father, identified as Ryan, took him to live in the woods (believed to be on the Czechoslovakian side of the Ore mountains) following the auto accident death of his mother, Doreen. He said his father recently died, spurring his journey toward civilization.

Some believe the boy is British due to his dialect, and authorities from the British Consul are investigating the case; in the meantime, German officials are seeking to make Ray a ward of the court; we’ll have more on this story as info comes along.

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