The Cannibal in the Jungle

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 22nd, 2015

THE SCARIEST ANIMALS ARE HUMAN

The two-hour scripted feature THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE follows the story of an American scientist who was convicted of killing and cannibalizing two colleagues in the jungles of Flores, Indonesia in 1977.

Branded “The American Cannibal” by the press during his trial, Dr. Timothy Darrow defended himself by claiming a mythic human-ape creature was responsible for the murders.

Animal Planet’s dramatic story is an imaginative leap inspired by real science. In 2004, a study in the journal Nature announced the discovery of bones of an entirely new, remarkable species of humans. Fully grown adults stood only three feet tall, yet they were able to thrive in the chaotic and dangerous world that surrounded them. The new species was nicknamed “Hobbits,” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s diminutive heroes. These real hobbits are purported to have lived less than 20,000 years ago, which would make them the last other species of human to live alongside ourselves.

But did these hobbits fully go extinct? Later, 60 Minutes sent a film crew to investigate the Nature article. While on site in Flores, the crew unearthed the local legend that the creatures may have never died out at all.

Animal Planet’s scripted film THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE follows an expedition team deep into the heart of Flores Island to investigate Darrow’s claims and find out once and for all if these legendary creatures still exist.

Tune in Sunday, May 24, 9/8c for the feature film premiere of CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE.

#AnimalPlanet #MonsterWeek #CannibalintheJungle #Hobbits

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.


2 Responses to “The Cannibal in the Jungle”

  1. dgillis responds:

    Just watched this program and found it to be sad and disturbing. I think it would be interesting if the Finding Bigfoot team would go here with their equipment. From what I saw it could be too dangerous for them to take on, but if they took precautions I believe they would find some evidence.

  2. dgillis responds:

    Guess I am an idiot. After looking online, I found out that this was a fictional account not a documentary. I think it was a bad hoax for Animal Planet to not make it clear that it was not a true story. I haven’t watched any of their other Monster Week shows otherwise I might have picked up on it.




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