Marina Chapman of Bradford, England claims that in the 1950s, when she was four-year-old, she was kidnapped from her Colombia home and dumped in the jungle where she spent five years in the care of capuchin monkeys. Eventually, hunters found her and swapped her at a brothel for a parrot. Now, Chapman, who believes she is in her 60s, has written a book about her experience; a TV documentary is in production. The book, due out in April next year, is titled "The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of the Girl Raised by Monkeys." From the Web site of her literary agent:
Surrounded by terrifying noises and trapped by its sheer suffocating denseness, half-drugged and starving, Marina tried to find her way home. She searched for food and water along the way, competing with big cats, poisonous spiders, giant pythons, extraordinary insects and huge bats.
Two days later, she was confronted by about twenty curious capuchin monkeys. By following them and copying what they ate and drank, their social activities, their language, Marina gradually became part of the family for five extraordinary years. They fought, played and shared tender and terrifying experiences. Marina developed extraordinary super-human abilities such as tree-climbing, stealth and animal communication.
"The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of the Girl Raised by Monkeys
" (via NY Daily News)
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