Krao aka The Missing Link
Born in 1876 in Siam (Laos) Krao was first discovered by a Norwegian explorer, Karl Bock, and his assistant, Professor George Shelly, scouts for the showman Guillermo Antonio Farini who had heard of Barnum’s success with the Burmese hairy family (Mah Phoon, Moung Phoset and Mah Me) and sought a hairy freak of his own. Bock and Shelly paid the parents $350 to take the child with them to England.
Farini first exhibited Krao, then eleven years old, at the Royal Aquarium at Westminster in London in late 1882. In 1883 Farini and Shelly brought Krao to the USA where she was exhibited in Central Park (New York) and examined by a number of men of science.
Her whole body was covered with straight, sleek black hair.
The hair on her back grew downward and inward, as it does on the apes.
Her face was prognathous; she had no cartilage in her nose and ears, supernumerary teeth, and her cheeks was fat and pouch-like.
Despite her whiskered face, she was undoubtedly feminine, taking great interest in fancy dresses, ribbons, and jewelry.
Her favorite hobby was the violin. She spent her spare time crocheting, but she read widely and spoke four languages.
Krao established her permanent home in Brooklyn, where she worked at New York City’s numerous dime museums and at Coney Island as a bearded lady.
She died of influenza on April 6, 1926.