Malia Tate is not mentally 8 years old. No, repeat after me: MALIA TATE IS NOT MENTALLY 8 YEARS OLD. No matter what you wish/want/dreamed up, MALIA TATE IS NOT MENTALLY 8 YEARS OLD! How many times do the writers have to repeat that? How much on-screen proof do you need? Malia Tate IS NOT MENTALLY A CHILD!
But that’s not how it works in RL, you say? And how many werecoyotes do you know in RL? This is a serious question. You say that that’s not how it works in RL, that kids who lived in the wilderness are stunted. And I ask again: HOW MANY WERECOYOTES DO YOU KNOW IN REAL LIFE? And this is a serious fucking question!
In Teen Wolf, a person’s mental progress does not stop when they turn into an animal. That’s Teen Wolf canon. Just like the idea of a True Alpha, of mountain ash, of some Japanese lichen, of people killing Oni, of a fucking giant lizard thing. THIS IS ESTABLISHED TEEN WOLF CANON. Every author of paranormal stories establishes their own canon, this is Jeff Davis’.
You do not question the existence of were creatures, possession, druid magic - yet you question the mental state of Malia Tate? Quite a selective person, aren’t you?