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BFFLs: man and croc become besties!

BFFLs: man and croc become besties!

Posted 21 June 2012   by Anthony         Permalink | 5 Comments

Tags: crocodiles, hunting, BFF, unlikely, friendship, interesting

Watch the video first. Be amazed. Then read on.

Amazing what an act of kindness can do, isn't it! When Costa Rican local Chito found Pocho, the 5 metre long croc laying severely injured on the bank of a river almost 20 years ago, he did something quite remarkable and very compassionate...

Pocho had been shot by a farmer and blinded in one eye. Chito couldn't bear to let the croc suffer and die. As he said himself, "I just wanted him to feel that someone loved him, that not all humans are bad. I love all animals, especially ones that have suffered."

So, he rescued the croc and nursed him back to health. The story takes a turn for the awesome when Chito tried to return Pocho to the wild. Pocho didn't want to be left behind by his new human mate ... and followed him home! With permission from all the right people, Chito was allowed to care for and live with Pocho for the next 17 years.

The two would spend hours each day swimming and playing together, and Pocho even learnt to respond to his name, to roll over and to hold up his tail. Throughout the years, Pocho was gentle and patient with Chito ... which is more than I can say for Gus when he plays with/terrorises me.


"He's my friend, I don't want to treat him like a slave or exploit him," Chito said of Pocho. "I am happy because I rescued him and he is happy with me because he has everything he needs." (Photo: Jefrey Arguedas/EFE)

After many years of friendship, Pocho died of natural causes last year at the age of 50. Hundreds of people attended his funeral. Chito was devastated by Pocho's death, but continues to share his mate's story to raise awareness about just how special crocodiles are.


Pocho's story shows that even crocodiles can appreciate an act of kindness. Sadly, the Northern Territory Government has come up with a plan that is anything but kind to crocs. They're hoping to reintroduce 'safari hunting' of crocs, effectively selling the right to shoot at crocodiles to the highest bidders. Click here to help stop this cruel plan in its tracks.

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AllyCat AllyCat 21 June 2012
Thats the most sweetest story i have ever read! love
Aw sad that Pocho died sad
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 22 June 2012
Such a beautiful story, how could I not send a letter off? Australia Zoo needs to get on to this, I'm sure they would be willing to campaign against it, I'll whisk off an email to them to see if they know of this!
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4_da_animals1 4_da_animals1 22 June 2012
Posted on my tumblr account aswell.
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CFAWR CFAWR 23 June 2012
Please can you add a TWEET icon to your share as well as FB so I can tweet your news stories and info Thank you

Sarah West Founder Canadians For Animal Welfare Reform @
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Stella. Stella. 24 June 2012
I love this story so much.
It's in Ripley's as well  ecstatic
Crocodiles are beautiful!
Rest in Peace Poncho  innocent love
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