A resident in Agusan del Sur named Gilbert Sanchez has been living in a 60-foot tall coconut tree for three years. He left his mom, 7 siblings and two children just to live there.
For several times, the Local Government Unit (LGU) have tried to rescue this man but they were afraid to do so as they believe that Gilbert has a large knife and is allegedly mentally ill. In fact, this is their third attempt to rescue him.
Gilbert’s mom suspected that her son had developed a mental disorder for he experienced trauma after he was beaten on the head with a gun by his alleged enemy during a fiesta way back in 2014. He decided to live atop the tree to escape from his enemy. His mom gives him food every day. In return, Gilbert uses a rope so his mother could send him food placed in a Tupperware.
Gilbert’s daughter went to the area hoping that his father would coordinate with the rescue team. His siblings are also concerned for hi safety. The LGU even said that they worry about his safety too because there is a possibility that he could fall from the tree when a storm hits their city.
A rescue representative also tried climbing to one of the coconut trees hoping to reach the man. They even had a crane ready to assure Gilbert’s safety. And as of writing, Gilbert’s rescue has been successful.
Some netizens couldn’t believe that it is possible for a man to survive living in a tree for 3 years. They assume that he was sneaking out during the night and goes back before anyone sees him.
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