Instinctively, a crocodile is extremely wild and aggressive. If you encounter even just one of these predators, you can try to avoid getting near it. However, there is a fisherman in Costa Rica who saved a crocodile. Living with it for more than 20 years, the relationship between a person and a crocodile is incredibly legendary.
Shedden who is a fisherman, tourist guide, and also biologist from Siquirres, Limon Province, Costa Rica, found Pocho at the time when it was dying on the financial institutions of the local Reventazon River. The crocodile was shot in the head with the left eye, maybe by a farmer who was angry at the animal exploiting his herd of cows.
Shedden did not intend to leave the crocodile there and also took him home in his boat. He chose to bring the crocodile back to wellness.
Shedden worked really difficult on the crocodile, feeding him with 30kg of fish and also hen a week. He also copulated with him at night. In order to encourage the crocodile to eat, he substitutes the chewing of food with his mouth, giving it kisses as well as hugs. According to Shedden, the crocodile required his love greater than the food to regain his health.
The crocodile was called Pocho by Shedden. A crocodile is a wild animal, in order to elevate Pocho lawfully, Sheddan needed a wild animal’s authorization from Costa Rican authorities. Until that time, he hid the crocodile in a hidden pond in a neighboring forest.
When Pocho was healthy once more, he was released in a close-by river however when Sheddan awakened the next morning, he located the crocodile oversleeping his outdoor patio.
At that time, Sheddan decided to maintain the crocodile in the water outside his home and also he was taken into consideration a participant of his household. They spent twenty years with each other, speaking as well as playing with each other. The crocodile was even trained to reply to its own name.
They even started carrying out weekly substitute travelers from around the world in a man-made lake at Finca Las Tilapias, Costa Rica. Both were likewise caught for the documentary entitled ‘The Man That Swims With Crocodiles’ by South African filmmaker Roger Horrocks quickly prior to Pocho’s death.
According to him, the gunshot wound to the poncho’s head might have harmed the crocodile’s mind which could have changed the common actions of the pet since several owners of reptilian family pets had been struck by their pets.
So according to him, Sheddan’s life was in risk when he was with Pocho. But Sheddan absolutely differs with it, he stated if it were only 2 or 3 years, something might have occurred however after 23 years of caring for each other, it was not feasible.
Later, Chito continued to confirm his trust in Pocho. He lived gently until the end of his life. He died of old age in October 2011. It is estimated that he was about 50-60 years old. Chito organized a grand event for his passing. At the funeral, the local people also liked Pocho, and many came to attend. At that time, Chito cried bitterly at the funeral. To him, Pocho was like a part of his family, irreplaceable.
After Pocho’s death, Chito is still committed to telling his story, hoping to let the world remember that there was such a gentle, grateful crocodile. It is reported that Chito later adopted an American crocodile for domestication and raised it the same way he raised Pocho. He named it Pocho Jr., but he believed that in his heart, Pocho can never be replaced.
Though he is striving to develop the very same relationship as he showed the original Pocho yet long-lasting success with this crocodile seems fairly uncertain. Pocho was a gift for Sheddan and they took pleasure in an excellent partnership.