Man and his 17-foot Crocodile were best friends


"Pocho, the 5.2 meter (17 feet) long friendly crocodile!
Costa Rican fisherman Chito first met 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 and later give him aid and treatment.

In the words of Chito, "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. It took years before Chito felt that Pocho had bonded with him enough to get closer to the animal."
At one point during his recovery, Chito left the croc in a lake near his house but to his amazement Pocho started following him. Later, Chito got the confidence to get closer to him, with first only attempting to splash with him in the river but later they bonded so well that for almost 2 decades the duo performed tricks for the local crowds.
But in October 2011, Pocho, around 50 years old at that time, died of natural causes and a funeral was held for him.
At his funeral, Chito couldn't held back his tears and said, "Pocho is Pocho, the only one. There is no more Pocho. He will be the only Pocho there ever was."

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Ben Gardners boat site profile image  

9/25/13 6:10 PM by Ben Gardners boat

Lot of love for the Pocho. Good to see. Either that or lots of us want a pet dinosaur?

AlcoholicA site profile image  

9/25/13 2:53 PM by AlcoholicA

RIP Pocho

AristidesBrito site profile image  

9/25/13 5:51 AM by AristidesBrito


Ben Gardners boat site profile image  

9/25/13 2:53 AM by Ben Gardners boat

Yeah I'm guessing you couldn't do this with Saltwater or Nile crocs? There's no Aussies or Africans who do this. There's a video of some poor sod in Arica who worked at a croc park full of Nile crocs falling over as he walked amongst them (as he'd done for 20-30 years) and he got eaten. If this was possible with salties I'm sure Steve Irwin or Rob Bredl would have done it. American crocs must be the cheech and chong of the croc world.

Nodus Inc site profile image  

9/25/13 1:42 AM by Nodus Inc


Katsumoto site profile image  

9/25/13 1:21 AM by Katsumoto

my thoughts exactly. my only guess is that the croc was fed before he got in the water with him. can't think of any other reason. impressive story.

LiverpoolFC site profile image  

9/24/13 8:32 PM by LiverpoolFC

This video makes Joe Rogan anxious

stobe site profile image  

9/24/13 8:30 PM by stobe

That's awesome!

ChrisAllen site profile image  

9/24/13 8:24 PM by ChrisAllen

I love this story.Rule #1 I'm #1. Rule #2 the crocs #2.

scourge site profile image  

9/24/13 8:06 PM by scourge

ttt for pocho