It’s monkey week here at werewolves.com, apparently. I didn’t know. I sure didn’t plan it that way. But the Internet gods this week have gifted me with not one, not two, but THREE articles to make use of for source material, all having to do with monkeys. Elsewhere I reported on the confusion some monkeys have caused the scientific community, relating to the unintentional manufacture of stone tools. (See “Stone Tools Not Tools At All” to learn how the monkeys threw a wrench into the scientist’s gears—yeah, I went there.) And now here is news that a feral child has been found in India, living with a pack of monkeys. The child, believed to be ten to twelve years old, was unclothed, couldn’t speak, was malnourished, and ran around on all fours like a monkey, picking up food off the floor to eat it the way a monkey would. When the authorities attempted to “rescue” the girl, they reported that the monkeys attacked them. Such feral child stories are fascinating. Will the girl ever become a “normal” person? It depends on how long she had been living with the animals, cut off from human society.
In other monkey-related news, courtesy of National Geographic, a 25-year-old Chilean man named Maykool Coroseo Acuna, who became lost in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park, a part of the Amazon rainforest, said upon his rescue that monkeys helped to keep him alive—after he offended Pachamama (the locals name for Mother Earth) and was driven insane by the entity Duende.
Hey, I’m not making this stuff up.