Russian Ape Woman, Zana, Dies
Tkhina, Ochamchiri District of Abkhazia, Russia, c. 1890
Russia's domesticated ape woman, Zana, was laid to rest today near this village. The life story of this amazing hominid is truly remarkable. It is believed hunters captured her in the wild, whereupon she was sold, changed hands several times and eventually became the property of a nobleman. She is described as follows: "Her skin was black, or dark grey, and her whole body covered with reddish-black hair. The hair on her head was tousled and thick, hanging mane-like down her back. Her face was terrifying; broad, with high cheekbones, flat nose, turned-out nostrils, muzzle-like jaws, wide mouth with large teeth, low forehead, and eyes of a reddish tinge. But the most frightening feature was her expression, which was purely animal, not human. Sometimes, she would give a spontaneous laugh, baring those big white teeth of hers. The latter were so strong that she easily cracked the hardest walnuts." Zana was trained to perform simple domestic chores and became pregnant several times by various men. Remarkably, she gave birth to normal human babies, four of whom survived to adulthood (two males and two females).
Source: Dmitri Bayanov, 1996. In the Footsteps of the Russian Snowman. CryptoLogos Publisher, Moscow, Russia, p. 46-52.