Crocodiles are not exactly known for being friendly fluffy pets that one may keep around the house. But there is actually one story that circulates the internet with many videos on Youtube. It is the story of Pocho and Chito, the crocodile and man who became best friends.
Nearly 20 years ago, Chito came across a severely injured five-meter long crocodile who was laying on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica. The crocodile had been shot by a farmer, but luckily for the crocodile, Chito was too kind and couldn’t let it die. So Chito ended up rescuing the croc, which he decided to name Pocho. And he successfully nursed Pocho back to health.
It appears this great act of kindness had an immediate effect on the croc, who became very attached to Chito. Chito later claimed that he just wanted the croc to feel loved and to know that not all humans are bad people. Chito was an animal lover and had always nursed injured animals back to health.
Once he released Pocho back into the wild, the crocodile didn’t want to be left behind. In fact, he ended up following Chito home – which required a special permit from the Minister for Environment. With the help of a vet, Chito ended up looking after Pocho for two decades.
And their bond only strengthened and grew over the years. Chito and Pocho grew to trust each other so well that they would spend hours swimming together and playing. In fact, the crocodile was quite gentle and would respond to his name.
Thousands of people, even animal experts would flock to see Chito and Pocho playing. And after many years of friendship, Pocho died of natural causes at the age of 50. His funeral even saw hundreds of people attend. Chito was pretty sad about his friend’s death but continues to this day to share the story of the gentle croc.