Soon after Negrito was
captured in Luis Guillon, circus around the country begun
displaying “wild children.” Some even claimed that they had
the “real” wild boy from Luis Guillon. That is the reason
why circuses where targeted to search for Negrito.
Five circuses were located that carry in their show a wild
child or children. Four of those cases, sadly, were retarded
children being exploited by making them act in a wild way.
In three cases, the “wild children” were removed and sent to
local asylums. In the forth case it was learned that the
child in question was of normal understanding. His father
had taught him how to act “wild” and it appeared not to be
More reports kept coming in of wild children from around the
country and even nearby countries, but they proved
Almost a year later we received a telegraph from a scout for
Circo Argentina in Ipacarai, Paraguay. The scout was Mr.
Gallo. Mr. Gallo reported that a circus in Asuncion
advertised a “rubber boy.” The rubber boy was reported to be
a child with dark features that communicated with his hands
when away from the public. This child was, for the
spectacle, kept in a cage where he growled at the public,
then contorted his body while being given commands by a
woman named Isabel, who informed the audience that she was
working on rehabilitating this unfortunate child who was
found running wild in the jungles of the Amazon region. This
child was presented as part of the “phenomenon” or freakshow
of the circus.
Negrito was appearing along side some strange individuals,
including an apple head boy, a living werewolf, a miget, an
The living werewolf was an unique person named Pablo Blanco.
He was cover facially with hair looking like a cinema wolf
man. Negrito seem to trust him, and am told they became good
An investigator named Enrique Nazer was sent to Paraguay to
find and identify this while child. He took pictures, and
written material to make an acknowledgement of Negrito. With
help from the Asuncion authority the visited Circo Paniagua.
The circus owner, Mr. Paniagua, co-operated with the
constable and Mr. Nazer; when introduced to them, the child
growled and tried to hide. Mr. Blanco assured him that he
was safe. He was not to be hurt. Mr. Nazer called out, “Negrito!”
The child stopped, almost confused, he gave a look to Mr.
Nazer, and ran to hide by behing Mr. Blanco by Isabel's
This was Negrito! Mr. Paniagua showed documents that showed
that an administrator of the Monte Grande Institute gave
Negrito into his care; the document showed that Negrito was
given a “chance” to raise money for his own rehabilitation.
Additionally, Mr. Paniagua had paper work from the authority
in Buenos Aires where arrangement was being made to bring
Negrito back to Argentina, at the end of the season. The
Buenos Aires authority felt that they might have found
Mr. Nazer was invited to stay for a few days to observe
Negrito's new life. Negrito seemed content where he was. He
enjoyed the reaction of the audience and played up his “wild
side” as an actor would show off in front of his public.
Before each show, Negrito, with Isabel's help would wet his
body and roll on dirty, then use a burnt wine cork to darken
his face, making look dirtier.