At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Monday 16 December 2013

Marina Chapman, photographed at age 17, now a granny living in England, but raised largely by monkeys.


A female Tarzan perhaps?  Marina Chapman was taken from her Colombian home and left in the jungle.  She claims she joined a troupe of capuchin monkeys, who at first ignored her.  She would take refuge in the hollows of trees.  One day she ate something unsavory which made her ill and she writhed about, howling with pain.  An elderly monkey made her drink water, she vomited up the food and felt much better.

After this, the monkeys seemed to accept her more as one of their number.  They groomed her and she groomed them.  She learned basic monkey communication skills.

Eventually she was found by hunters, but sold into a brothel from which she escaped.  She was adopted by a family who ultimately sent her to Bradford, Yorkshire, with which they had associations.  She married a scientist and now has two daughters, Joanna (32) and Vanessa (28).  Joanna now has children of her own.
Marina is particularly good at climbing trees.

Marina tells her story in a book which appeared last year,The Girl With No Name (Pegasus, $26.95).  A paperback edition is due to appear in 2014.

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