A teenage boy lived in the wild like a wild animal eight years after he was reported missing, authorities in Uzbekistan said Thursday.

"The boy acts like a wild animal," a prosecutor in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, told the RIA Novosti news service. "He is afraid of everything, cannot speak and only makes snarling sounds."

Construction workers found the boy, who is believed to have lived in the wilderness near Samarkand since his disappearance in 1998, and his parents picked him out of a lineup.

"The boy is being taught to speak and live among people," an official said. "Experts are also trying to find out where and how he survived all these years."

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