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#1 jayjeti



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Posted 01 November 2016 - 11:28 AM

From the NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 21 May 1929






A periodical report received from a German assistant overseer by a German plantation company which has resumed its activities in the British Cameroons contains a strange tale of a negro woman found apparently living among apes.


The overseer, in his letter, states that a native elephant hunter employed by the company recently penetrated deeply into a forest area in which, so far as is known, no human being had set foot for a very long time, if ever. He came upon a number of apes and, perceiving a particularly fine specimen seated in the fork of a tree, shot it. To his astonishment, when he reached the body he found it was not that of an ape, but of a black woman.


The hunter, the letter continues, went to Victoria and reported the occurrence to the authorities. Every effort to trace the origin of the negro woman failed. The woman was entirely naked and wore none of the usual native ornaments or tattoo marks. There was no settlement of any kind for a great distance from the scene of the shooting.


It is reported to have been assumed that the woman must have been carried off by the apes when a child and have grown up with them. The hunter was acquitted of any blame for the occurrence, but according to the writer of the letter he has not been out on the trail since, being inclined superstitiously to the view that there was something supernatural in his adventure, because he broke the unwritten law that the “related” monkey peoples should be left in peace.



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