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    The Crocodile Whisperer -



    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

    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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    That is not going to end well. Let's hope it doesn't end in front of a large crowd. Crocodiles are unpredictable although I'm guessing that this is not a saltie otherwise Chito would be long gone by now. I also hope that this story doesn't encourage others to try to make friends with a crocodile.
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    Sounds like a road trip for "Bindi, the Jungle Girl".
    Life is short. Break the Rules. Forgive Quickly. Kiss Slowly. Love Truly.
    Laugh Uncontrollably. And never regret ANYTHING that makes you smile.

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