28/10/2012 16:01 GMT

Family Of Marina Chapman, Woman Who Claims She Was Raised By Monkeys, Speaks Out

The adopted family of a British woman who claims she was raised by monkeys in the Colombian jungle have told how she was "sad" when she first came to live with them.

Marina Chapman, who now lives in Britain, alleges she was kidnapped and left in the jungle when monkeys adopted her.

She was apparently then sold to a brothel before being taken in by a Colombian family. She then met her British husband and ended up moving to Bradford.

Chapman is publishing a book - 'The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of the Girl Raised by Monkeys' - about her life in 2013 .

Her adoptive sister Nancy Forero Eusse told the Telegraph she seemed "sad" when she first went to live with the family.

Her adoptive cousin Carlos Velasque explained: "Apparently she was very little and she saw the monkeys eating food in the middle of the jungle. In order to survive she would imitate, or eat what they ate."

Chapman's daughter Vanessa James told the Sunday Times last week when her family wanted food they had to make noises for it.

"All my school friends loved Mum as she was so unusual. She was childlike, too, in many ways," she said.

"I got bedtime stories about the jungle, as did my sisters. We didn't think it odd - it was just Mum telling her life. So in a way it was nothing special having a mother like that."

While the story sounds almost unreal, cases of 'feral children' raised by animals have been reported before with orphan John Ssabunnya claiming he was raised by monkeys in Africa.