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Man's Best Friend...A 17ft Long
Pet Crocodile

By R Patel
6-12-11
Rather than trying to tame wild stallions, fearless Costa Rican fisherman Chito prefers a playful wrestle in the water with his best pal Pocho - a deadly 17ft crocodile. The 52-year-old daredevil draws gasps of amazement from onlookers by wading chest-deep into the water, then whistling for his 980lb buddy - and giving him an affectionate hug.
Chito made friends with the croc after finding him with a gunshot wound on the banks of the Central American state's Parismina river 20 years ago. He had been shot in the left eye by a cattle farmer and was close to death. But Chito enlisted the help of several pals to load the massive reptile into his boat. He says: "When I found Pocho in the river he was dying, so I brought him into my house. "He was very skinny, weighing only around 150 lb. I gave him chicken and fish and medicine for six months to help him recover. "I stayed by Pocho's side while he was ill, sleeping next to him at night. I just wanted him to feel that somebody loved him, that not all humans are bad. "It meant a lot of sacrifice. I had to be there every day. I love all animals - especially ones that have suffered." It took years before Chito felt that Pocho had bonded with him enough to get closer to the animal.
He says: "After a decade I started to work with him. At first it was slow, slow. I played with him a bit, slowly doing more. "Then I found out that when I called his name he would come over to me." At one point during his recovery, Chito left the croc in a lake near his house. But as he turned to walk away, to his amazement Pocho got out of the water and began to follow him home. Chito recalls, "That convinced me the crocodile could be tame." But when he first fearlessly waded into the water with the giant reptile his family was so horrified they couldn't bear to watch. So instead, he took to splashing around with Pocho when they were asleep. Four years ago, Chito showed some of his tricks to friends, including getting the animal to close his eyes on command, and they convinced him to go public with a show.
Now he swims and plays with Pocho as well as feeding him at the lake near his home in the lowland tropical town of Sarapiqui
The odd couple have now become a major tourist attraction, with several tour operators, including Crocodile Adventures, taking visitors on touring cruises to see the pair.
On the Crocodile Adventures website it describes the spectacle as: "One of the most amazing things that no cruise ship passenger will want to miss, the adventure show between the man and the crocodile."
 

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Wow, Mr. Patel,

You sure are a good author and journalist. Have you ever considered giving up fishing in Pensacola and working for a major news agency?

When did you go to Costa Rica to interview this man?
 

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He better keep that thing well fed. Let that croc get hungry and Chito just might find himself the main course for Pocho's dinner.

Absolutely insane.
 

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I don't think it is photoshopped. I can't say that you could get 100% of the wild out of such a primative animal though. One day you will read about him again. Won't be as pretty next time.
 

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i agree that such a primitive brain could not comprehend what would happen beyond eating the meal in front of him at any moment.

then consider the crock is 20+ years old , and at some point dementia will set in and he will just eat what is in front of his face.

will probably end very badly
 

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That is not a croc. That is a dinosaur!!! Who knew that T Rex could be tamed?
I don't think it's a Croc either, I think it's an Alligator. Croc's have a different shaped nose. JMO. Either way, Croc's are suppossed to be one of the only animals on the planet that kill for sport on a short list Humans are at the top of.

When I was stationed at Hurlburt we had a gator with three legs that lived in a creek across from the shop. He got use to eating stufff people would throw to him and because of them feeding him he was killed and called a dangerous animal because he no longer feared Humans he associated them with a hand out of food. I think that may have had more to do with this "Croc" following the guy home more then he thought in his Ganglia of a brain he was his pal.
 
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