TIL of Krao Farini, an American sideshow performer who was falsely advertised as the missing link between humans and apes. In reality, she had Hypertrichosis, which causes abnormal hair growth. Krao was allegedly captured in Laos, and was forced to perform in America since the age of 8 or 9.

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  1. Krao was described as being part of a primitive tribe of humans called “Kraos-monink” all of whom were covered in hair and lived in trees. Her parents were also captured. The Siamese had to be bribed by Bock and Shelley into capturing them because of the belief that it was bad luck to kill or capture Kraos-monink. Krao’s mother was detained in Bangkok and her father died from cholera.

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