Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 18th, 2007
One drawing of how the Nguoi Rung reportedly shows itself to locals in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (Kampuchea).
A wild woman has been caught. A feral human being, that is.
All the details have not been collected. After all, the focus of this story can’t speak to her family of origin, yet. But this much is known, a real woman, missing for almost two decades, has been found in the rainforest of Southeast Asia.
I’m wondering, what if this woman was kidnapped 19 years ago* by the Nguoi Rung, the wild forest people of Vietnam? Was the little eight-year-old girl, who was herding buffalo in the remote jungle along the (Kampuchean) Cambodian-Vietnamese border, snatched by the unknown hominids of the area?
*I counted it up. It is 1988 to 2007 = 19 full years ago, with the Year 2000 being part of the math mix in the middle there.
At first thought to be a “Forest Person,” a Nguoi Rung, this individual was treated carefully by the locals. One person said they had seen a “naked human being, who looked like a jungle person.”
And then she was captured. “She is like half-human and half-animal,” said Mao San, police chief of Oyadao district in Rattanakiri province. “She’s weird. She sleeps during the day and stays up at night.”
Reuters is reporting:
A woman has been returned to her home in Vietnam’s Central Highlands 18 years after she went missing as an eight-year old girl tending cows near the Cambodian border, her father told a newspaper on January 18, 2007.
Policeman Ksor Lu long believed that his daughter had been eaten by a wild animal until last Saturday when he was told that loggers had found “a forestman” at a village in Cambodia’s province of Ratanakiri.
Lu arrived and “recognized his daughter from the first sighting” even though her body was blackened and she had long hair down to her legs and could not speak, according to the account in the Vietnam Rural Today newspaper.
Lu said his daughter, Ro Cham H’pnhieng (above) of the Jrai ethnic minority group, probably spent most of the time in the jungle in Cambodia since she went missing in 1989 .[It is noted as 1988 in most reports.]
The loggers told Lu that they caught her after realizing that someone had sneaked up and taken their lunch.
Lu said that at first it was difficult bringing her back to normal life because she resisted showering, wearing clothes or using chopsticks, fending him off and shouting and crying.
Four days later she started cooperating, Lu said.
“It is not easy indeed but life is waiting ahead for her.”
For more info on the Nguoi Rung, click here.
Update: “Second ‘Wild Person’ Seen”, January 20, 2007.