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The Ugandan Boy That Was Raised By Monkeys In The Jungle For Three Years

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This is the extraordinary story of John Ssebunya – the Ugandan boy that was raised by monkeys in the jungle for three years.

John was two years old in 1988 when he fled into the dense Ugandan jungle after seeing his father kill his mother.

Abandoned to his fate, John came across a family of monkeys who adopted him as their own. He learnt their mannerisms, became skilled at climbing trees and lived on fruit, nuts and berries for the next three year.

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In 1991 a tribeswoman saw him scavenging for food with the monkeys and reported it to the people in her village.

When villagers first found John and attempted to take him away, he feared for his life, and hurled sticks at them and hid up a tree.

His monkey family put up a fierce opposition to prevent the villagers from taking him away. After all they had to protect, β€œone of their own.”

A villager identified the monkey-boy as John Ssabunnya, who disappeared at the age of three.

They tried to feed him warm food, but it made him seriously ill, and he did not comprehend the basics of human life, including using the toilet.

The next eight years, he was taught to speak and behave like humans by his adoptive parents. His biological father is believed to have died in the civil unrest in Uganda in the early 90s.

A leading anthropologist returned with John to a monkey troop to see how he would behave.

The experts say it is the most convincing recorded case of a child being raised by wild animals.

He remains fiercely protective of monkeys and still seems able to communicate with


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