Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Real or Hoax?

BBC - 'Jungle girl' attempts to speak
A woman believed by some to have lived in the jungle for 19 years has tried to speak, says a Spanish psychologist who visited her in north-east Cambodia.

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She was reportedly discovered 10 days ago, naked and scavenging for food in the forests of Rattanakiri province.

A family claims she is their daughter, Rochom P'ngieng, who went missing when she was eight.

They say they identified her from a scar on her arm.

But others are sceptical, saying she could be somebody with mental problems, or have gone missing more recently.
An interesting story, however, it seems unlikely to me that an 8 year old girl could have survived for that long all alone in the jungle.

The story continues:
He [the girls alleged father] has said he will have DNA tests taken to prove she is the daughter he lost when she disappeared while tending buffalo in 1988.
It will be interesting to see how the story develops. It would seem to me that even if this woman is their daughter, it doesn't necessarily mean that she had been in the jungle this whole time.

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