I was raised by monkeys!

Neenah, WI

#1 Mar 31, 2013
‘Monkey see, monkey do.”

The phrase echoed in the 4-year-old girl’s mind as she watched the agile capuchin monkeys swing in the canopy above her in the dense Colombian jungle.

She was hungry. It had been days since she was abandoned by her kidnappers. To pass the time, she watched the monkeys, taking note of the fruits they liked and the ones they avoided, while the animals ignored the strange new creature below.

They liked tamarinds, so she picked one up off the ground. But when she bit into it, she realized it was a poisonous impostor.

As she began to heave, a larger monkey, one she believed to be the leader, approached her, squeezed her arm, and pushed her in the direction of a stream. He then shoved her head into the water.

“Was he going to try to take advantage of my weakened state and try to drown me?” the child despaired.

Instead, the monkey yanked her face to his own and stared in her eyes.“In that instant, I trusted him,” Marina Chapman recalls.“He now felt like my protector and friend.”

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