Here, again, we have a benevolent mother figure, in the form of the she-wolf who suckled and nurtured little Wolf-Alice after she was abandoned by her birth mother. The best known figures to have been similarly nursed by a wolf are the twin founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus. The sons of Rhea Silvia, they were ordered to be thrown into the River Tiber by their great-uncle, Amulius. They were rescued and suckled by a she-wolf before being fostered by a farmer. There is also a Turkic myth about an injured child being discovered and healed by a she-wolf named Asena; he subsequently impregnates her and one of their sons founds the Empire. Although real reported cases of feral children usually turn out to be either fraudulent or desperately tragic, within mythology and literature they have long been used to explore ideas around nurture and nature.