Friday 27 April 2018

‘I lived with monkeys for five years – and they saved my life’ – woman tells TV documentary

Marina Chapman
Marina Chapman

Aishling Phelan

A woman has gone into the jungle with a TV crew to recall her time being reared by monkeys as a child.

Marina Chapman (63) claims she was abandoned in the jungle as a child, and a group of monkeys saved her.

She has given an account of her experience for a TV documentary which is due to be screened on the National Geographic channel tonight. 

Ms Chapman claims she was kidnapped from her family's allotment near Venezuela at age four and drugged.

On her own in the wilderness, she claims she was found by a group of capuchin monkeys who groomed her and saved her life when she got sick.

The two-hour film documenting her jungle life will be shown on National Geographic tonight at 9pm.

She tells an extraordinary tale of how she lived alongside the monkeys for five years before being captured by hunters and sold into slavery.

During the film she travels from her home in Bradford, West Yorkshire, back to Colombia in search of her family and real name.

Many publishers refused to touch her story for fear that she was a fake.

She eventually told her story in a bestselling book, The Girl With No Name.

A film team followed her back into the jungle to try to verify if the story was true.

She believes she was born in the early 1950s at a time when Colombia was enduring a brutal civil war during which hundreds of children were kidnapped by trafficking gangs.

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