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Old 02-08-2012, 09:12 AM   #1
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Man's Best Friend...A 17ft Long Pet Crocodile

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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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Old 02-08-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
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damn that's crazy. One day when Pocho is still hungry, guess who will be dinner
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i hope he doesn't run out of chicken....but pretty cool that he saved it and bonded with it
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I've been seeing a lot of this stuff lately, humans bonding with lions, tigers, rhino's ect ect.

gives me hope for the humans race
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There was a story about a man who adopted a wild hippo... it didn't end well for him:

Humphrey the pet hippo kills owner in South Africa | World news | The Guardian

Despite what these people say, wild animals are wild animals and accidents can and will happen.
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I think the crocodile has since died.

Check out Cracked.com they have a top 10 weird animal pets including this dude and the croc.
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I think we all hope that they live happily ever after, but if he gets eaten... No one would be surprised, like srly, it's a croc
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There was a story about a man who adopted a wild hippo... it didn't end well for him:

Humphrey the pet hippo kills owner in South Africa | World news | The Guardian

Despite what these people say, wild animals are wild animals and accidents can and will happen.
I don't know where I heard this, but apparently hippos are some of the most violent natured animals on this planet.

But regardless, this story reminds me of the croc hunter

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I think the crocodile has since died.

Check out Cracked.com they have a top 10 weird animal pets including this dude and the croc.
Yup, he passed away mid October last year.

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Dream would be to have a pet hippo..
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wouldn't even wanna touch one...damn.
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That's pretty cool, won't end well though lol
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I never thought I'd say this about a croc, but it looks freaking cute when it's getting a belly rub.
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