Maykool Coroseo Acuña declined to traditionally thank Mother Earth for allowing a visit to the rain forest and five minutes later after returning to camp, he literally disappeared from sight. He was rescued by a traveling troupe of wild monkeys who guided him to water and safe places to sleep.
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Although many locals believe that there are spirits lurking in the dense jungle as well as many dangerous wild animals, most of the experienced tour guides believe that staying together and following the leader is very safe. Fatalities within the park are reported every year, but there had only been one case of a tourist disappearing in the last 15 years; that is, until Acuña arrived on the scene. (See: Gorilla Saves Little Boy.)
An Eerie Coincidence
Only five minutes had elapsed from the time he returned to his cabin and then disappeared from sight. The tour guide told National Geographic about the incident. "It's because he didn't want to participate in the ceremony and offended the gods of the rain forest." Local authorities found one of Acuña's socks some six days later and everyone feared the worst. Three days after that, he was found covered in insect bites and dehydrated. He told authorities that a group of traveling monkeys helped him survive by dropping him fruit from tree branches every day, leading him to clean water and safe places to sleep each night. (See: The Elephant Who Stopped For A Child.)
The Ordeal Of The Rain Forest
During the ninth day of his disappearance, he was finally found standing in the trees holding a large walking stick about a mile away from the campground. Dehydrated and covered with insect bites, Acuña told National Geographic a tale of a strange and terrible sojourn which he never would have survived without the forest monkeys who guided him every step step of the way. (See: Pride of Lions Save Kidnapped Ethiopian Girl.)
Grateful to be alive and united with his sister, Rocio, who had been searching for him with the local guides, he commented that the one thing the monkeys could not provide was a bottle of coca-cola, which was the first thing he requested after being rescued. (See: Scottee The Horse Saves Owner From Coyote Attack.)
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