Thursday, 11 July 2013

Crocodile Had Been Shot In The Eye

Deep in the Costa Rican jungle , a fisherman named Chito discovered a crocodile that had been shot in the eye by a cattle farmer and left for dead .

Chito was able to drag the massive reptile into his boat and brought him to his home , where he stayed by his side for months , nursing him back to health .

He named the croc Pocho. I stayed by Pocho’s side while he was ill , sleeping next to him at night . I just wanted him to feel that somebody loved him , that not all humans are bad .” said Chito , “ It meant a lot of sacrifice. I had to be there every day . I love all animals especially ones that have suffered.

The day finally came when Pocho was strong enough to go back into the wild . Chito took him to a lake near his house and released him , but the animal simply got back out of the water and followed him home .

“ Then I found out that when I called his name he would come over to me . ” says Chito . The fisherman has been hesitant to tell his story, even though 20 years have passed since he first rescued Pocho .

Pocho is roughly 5.18 meters (17 feet) long. He and Chito play , wrestle and hug on a daily basis . That bond , Chito said , took years to forge .

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