UK woman kidnapped as a child recalls life with monkeys in Columbian forest

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 31, 2013 09:30 hrs

A woman from Yorkshire, who as a child was kidnapped and left to fend for herself in the Columbian rainforest, said she was "mesmerised" by the small carablanca monkeys which became her companions.

Marina Chapman said that there was something about the way they seemed to enjoy one another's company that made them feel like a family, the Telegraph reported.

Chapman, who now lives in Yorkshire and is married to a church organist, describes being abducted as a four-year-old while playing near her family's home in Colombia in 1954 in her new book.

Later finding herself among a colony of monkeys, she mimicked their eating habits and the noises they made, even learning to climb trees.

In her memoirs, 'The Girl With No Name', Chapman claimed that one monkey even cured her of severe stomach pain by "herding" her towards a river and prompting her to drink muddy water until she vomited. (ANI)

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