In Roman times, it was a common occurrence to be raised by wolves. The founders of the city were and it soon became quite fashionable for young mothers (back then, due to life expectancy, everyone was a young mother) to put their child outside the front door along with a nice leg of lamb. The meat brought the wolf over and, assuming it was a she wolf, the baby (along with the leg of lamb) was gone by morning. The mothers would then wait the customary 13 years for the boy or girl to reach adulthood and go off with friends on ‘reunion parties’ to the woods in search of their wolf-raised offspring.
In some ways, this practice proved quite helpful to the fledgling city as it did not have to build schools or set up daycare centers. Women were free to have the slaves clean their house and this allowed them to while away their time doing the very important task of stola shopping. Parties were almost nightly affairs and the worst thing a Roman woman could do was wear the same stola twice. There was actually a group of official apparel recorders who attended each party. They made careful notations of every garment and then publicly shamed anyone in offense of that fashion law.
However, with so many children raised by wolves, some problems did erupt when they were reintroduced to their families and society. The hospitals piled up with bite incidents and public urination became common, though never before had it involved such lifting of the leg. Police had a hard time keeping the noise down at night and marrying off such children became quite impossible unless the other party had a similar upbringing.
The families who kept up the practice over the generations did so for the notoriety and for something to introduce themselves with at a party. Besides, being raised by wolves was a much better alternative to exposure and generally did not lead to Oedipal incidents, though most mothers never knew for certain if the child they took in was the same one they had put out 13 years before.
In the end, the Romans outlawed the practice, though not until the phrase, ‘What, were you raised by wolves?’ became an insult across the length and breadth of the empire. Nowadays they choose to keep their children very, very close. All the better to look after them and keep away the scary wolves.