Experts wary of woman’s ‘raised by monkeys’ claim


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The Independent Online

Experts have queried accounts of a Yorkshire housewife who claims she was raised by a troop of capuchin monkeys after being abducted as a child.

Marina Chapman says she was abandoned in a Colombian rainforest after being kidnapped from  her home in Cucuta, in the country’s north-east, at  the age of five.

Today Ms Chapman’s daughter, 28, describing domestic life in Bradford, told the Mail on Sunday: “We would often groom one another by picking through each other’s hair”. The anthropologist Mary-Ann Ochota said the circumstances made  it difficult to verify her story. Chapman’s book, The Girl With No Name, will be published later this month.