We all know Tarzan as that fictional heroine who lives in the jungle, cares for the animals there, and has never experienced life outside of it. But, who would have thought that such fiction can also happen in real life?
Meet Ho Van Lang, now 49, has earned the nickname “Real-life Tarzan” after living in the Vietnamese jungle with just his dad and brother Tri for 41 years. For most of his life, Lang was unaware that another species of humans, women to be exact, also exist.
According to Metro, it was back in 1972 during the Vietnam war when Lang’s dad, Ho Van Thanh fled civilization with his sons. This is after a US bomb killed his wife and two of his other children.
Since then, they never returned to the city and survived in the jungle by making handmade tools and use them for their everyday needs. Throughout their decades of staying in the jungle, they only saw five other people and ran away from them each time.
Just 8 years ago, the trio were “rescued” from their jungle life in Tay Tra district of Quang Ngai province, and brought to a local village where women also live. Lang can now distinguish men and women but he still cannot grasp the essential difference between the two.
Because of the many years living in the jungle, Lang naturally developed his hunting skills and can do so by any means necessary. His diet includes fruit, honey, monkey, snake, lizard and frog – and apparently his favourite part of a rat is the head.
During his first year out of the Jungle, Lang had a difficult time as his immune system had to adapt to new bacteria but it has become better now and he is happily adapting to his new life.