The baby was found by a shepherd lying in the wilderness. Leaving an unwanted baby to die in the wilderness was a common practice in the days of ancient Greece. The reason Oedipus was left in the woods was because a prophet had predicted the baby would kill his father and marry his mother. So the parents decided to kill the baby. As fate would have it, the shepherd gave the baby to a friend who took it to Corinth. The kind and queen of Corinth were childless so they adopted the baby, whose feet had been pierced and tied together. They names his Oedipus, which means "swollen feet".