An 8-year-old went viral after a video of her operating a backhoe circulated around the Internet! The video was posted by the Facebook page “The Igorot” with the caption ‘8yr old Backhoe operator, Ifugao girl…Video by Inabiohan Lrose”
Many netizens were taken aback not knowing what to make of the bizarre scenario. Aside from the dangers of the job, they were concerned whether the girl was forced to work instead of being in school.
The girl was tracked down by ABS–CBN and was identified as Aubrey Ayan. She and her family live in Hungduan, Ifugao Province Philippines. Debunking some netizens’ concern that she is forced to work, she says that she goes to school and is even running for honors in her class.
According to her parents, Aubrey has an odd delight for heavy equipment and likes playing with it. Her mother, Ligaya Rose, noted how she refuses to play with dolls and likes boys’ toys instead. This might be because of his father, Kim, who works in construction. According to him, Aubrey rides a bicycle just to go to the site after school.
Aubrey shared that she dreams to be a successful engineer someday. Many netizens noted that with her fondness of the heavy equipment, she is definitely going to be a successful one in the future.