Beauty and the Beast is a timeless story. It’s a classic example of how we should never judge a book by its cover. This fairytale also has its roots in real-life. Petrus Gonsalvus was born in the Canary Islands in 1537. He entered the world with a condition called hypertrichosis. Also known as werewolf syndrome, hypertrichosis is extremely rare. Petrus was the first recorded case in history. Since then, fewer than 100 people have been born with the condition, which is identified by an excess of facial and body hair.