Man and Crocodile are Cuddle Buddies
A friend posted this picture and story to my Facebook wall. I'm always skeptical of stories of giant animals and odd interactions with dangerous predators, but if true, this is pretty phenomenal. The pictures, at least, don't lie.
"Pocho, the 5.2 meter (17 feet) long friendly crocodile!
You've already met Gustave the killer croc, now it's time to meet Pocho.
Costa Rican fisherman Chito first met the croc after finding him with a gunshot
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."
More pics: http://rense.com/general94/friend.htm
(Suggested by a fan: Ashwin Sriram)
1) Funeral: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79-PmOnNhTw
2) Chito and Pocho performing:
Image credit: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aNMLr4gM_co/T-LwtXsVTeI/AAAAAAAACs8/ilD2gIdpDrU/s1600/Wild+Croc+Loves+Human.jpg