No one knows for sure how Marina Chapman wound up alone in a South American jungle when she was five years old; but if you believe her story, she owes a great deal to the capuchin monkeys who raised her. According to Teddy Hilton, Chapman details every aspect of her upbringing, including her time in the jungle, in her forthcoming autobiography "The Girl with No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys", which is due out in April.
As to why she was left alone in the Columbian jungle to begin with, Chapman speculates that she may have been the victim of a kidnapping that went awry. As fascinating as this part of her childhood is, her life continued to be interesting after leaving the jungle. When she was ten years old, hunters took her and groomed her for prostitution. As reported by The Independent, Chapman was sold to a brothel. However, she did manage to escape and lived on the streets for a period of time.
She gave herself the name Marina Luz and found work as a maid, before eventually jet-setting to England, where she met her husband.
Stories like these are reminders of the strong connection between people and animals. It is also inspiring to learn about someone who seemingly never had a chance, triumph over such extraordinary adversity more than once in their lifetime.