Inside Costa Rica “Chito” (Gilberto Shedden) has come to be known in the world as the first to tame a crocodile. For the last 20 years, “Pocho” – a five metre long, 445 kg crocodile – has been best friend to the Costa Rican fisherman. With a huge smile on his face, “Chito”, 54, plays with Pocho like next to nothing in a pond on his farm in the canton of Siquirres, Limón. But, not only do the two swim together, Chito has taught Pocho a few tricks, like rolling over, giving him is leg, holding up his tail and head for the cameras and to close one eye. The relationship between man and crocodile is close and unique in the world and is the reason why dozens of scientists, animal behavior experts and journalists visit the home of “Chito,” his wife, his daughter and his crocodile each year. The story of “Chito” and “Pocho” is one of pure friendship. The two met 20 years ago, Chito finding the crocodile dying in the Parismina river, after being shot by a farmer for eating one of his cows near shore. The fisherman, who was 34 at the time, decided to load the dying croc on his boat and take him home for the hide. But, as the days passed the animal did not die and thus began to take heal and feed it. Olga Valle, Chito’s wife, explains that her husband kept the crocodile as secret from her and the family for months and that it was a mystery where husband disappeared to every night. Now, every Sunday, Chito and Pocho show off for the cameras, putting a show for one and all to see.
I was worried that I was not going to be able to write this blog fast enough, because this lunatic fishermen does not stand a chance, he will get eaten by this crocodile within the week. This crocodile lost its eye when a farmer shot it for eating one of his cows, and if it can eat a cow, it will have no problem eating a human that is playing with it like a dog and attempting to ride it every day. The over/under on when the crocodile kills this guy is set at two weeks from today, so January 23rd, 2013 and after looking at these pictures, I’ve got the under.