Man survives 31 days in the Amazon jungle by eating worms

Jhonattan Acosta
Image: Reuters

A Bolivian man, Jhonattan Acosta who was lost in the Amazon for 31 days has spoken out about his ordeal.

Jhonattan Acosta, 30, became separated from his four hunting partners in northern Bolivia.

He claims that he had to hide from jaguars and peccaries, a kind of pig-like creature. He drank rainwater from his shoes and ate worms and insects.

Mr. Acosta was located one month after he went missing by a search squad comprised of locals and friends.

“I can’t believe they kept looking for so long,” he cried. According to an interview, he was forced to consume worms and insects to live. He also tried gargateas, an indigenous fruit that tastes like papaya.

God deserves all of the credit for giving me a second chance at life. His loved ones believe he is still emotionally and mentally scarred as a result of his ordeal.

Mr. Acosta had lost 17 kilograms (37 pounds), had a dislocated ankle, and was very dehydrated when he was discovered, yet he was still able to walk.

His brother said that after four days of suffering from a dislocated ankle, he began to worry for his life.

Injured with only one cartridge in his shotgun

“He only had one cartridge in his shotgun and was unable to move.” The survivor’s younger brother, Horacio Acosta, said, “so he assumed no one was looking for him longer.”

Jhonattan Acosta became disoriented and had to gather rainwater with his boots since he had failed to pack a machete or a flashlight.

He also informed his family about meeting a jaguar and other exotic creatures.

Jhonattan, according to his sister, fired his last shot at a herd of peccaries in the South American bush, scaring the pig-like beasts away.

He observed a search group from roughly 300 meters (980 feet) distant at the end of 31 days and limped towards them while calling.

Four locals discovered his brother, according to Horacio Acosta. “A guy rushed up to us and informed us that my brother had been located. In other words, it’s a divine act.”

According to the younger Acosta, the hunter never went hunting again after what happened to Jhonattan.

“God-honoring praise songs will be sung. I am certain that since I promised God the same thing, he would keep his word “He was speaking about his guitar-playing brother.

Meanwhile, investigators said they will question the survivor’s four pals to find out what happened to remove him from them.

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