The white-faced capuchin monkeys didn’t appear to acknowledge Bradford’s Marina Chapman when she took a trip 5,000 miles to the Colombian jungle recently. But that’s not unexpected: although she declares to have actually been raised by them between the ages of 5 and 10, it was over 50 years earlier and the monkeys accountable had plainly not left photos or a composed record.
So while gazing up with the trees in last night’s program Lady Raised by Monkeys (National Geographic), not one capuchin exclaimed: “Marina! DÃ³nde has estado, chica?” Instead they remained up in the trees and peered down at the weird lady in her sixties with the thoroughly rapt expression.
Chapman’s tale is extraordinary in the real sense of the word. She states she was abducted, discarded in the jungle and left for dead. There, she lived out her Mowgli tale, being taken on by capuchins and finding out to make it through on fruit and nuts. Five years later she spotted some hunters and they led her from the jungle.
From there, incredibly, matters worsened. The hunters offered her as a servant to a terrible brothel caretaker. Eventually she was embraced by a kindly household, part of which later on emigrated to Britain. In Bradford she found love and began a family of her own.
Correctly reasoning that she would be branded psychologically ill, Marina has told her tale only just recently and now has a book. In last night’s show she underwent all types of psychiatric and physical exams, and then taken to Colombia to see if her tale held up.
National Geographic told Marina’s tale in a long 2 hours, of which a mind-sapping 25 per cent was marketing. When you have that much advertising, editing is harder as you should keep duplicating at the start of each area what had been accomplished before the break.
Unsurprisingly, experts were incredibly cynical about Marina. However the evidence, such as signs of poor nutrition in the bones at specifically the right age of development, won over each cynic adequately to provide credence to lots of parts of her tale. Still, it turned out Marina may have created a false-memory syndrome, particularly with regard to residing in the jungle. This involuntary innovation could be shielding her from a much more horrific past than the Tarzan tale she bears in mind. Regardless, exactly what shone through, in spite of the plodding tv, was that this quiet, earnest and modest lady was an extraordinary survivor who deserves our admiration and attention.