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This Man Saved a Dying Crocodile and They Stayed Best Friends for Over 20 Years

What is the most dangerous animal you have ever owned? However, it is not close to a crocodile of 5 meters and 500 kg!

Yet, this is exactly the pet this Costa Rica man, Gilberto Shedden, ended up with. He swam with the gigantic and scary-looking crocodile called Pocho in the river every day – for over 20 years.
Shedden, a fisherman, tour guide, and naturalist from Siquirres, Limón Province, Costa Rica, had found Pocho dying on the banks of the local Reventazón River, in 1989. Upon closer examination, he discovered that the crocodile had been shot in the head through the left eye (as it turns out, by a local cattle farmer, enraged by the animal preying on his herd of cows)
Shedden took the crocodile home in his boat. He decided to bring him back to health.
For six months, Shedden fed crocodiles 30 kg (66 lb) of fish and poultry a week and slept at home at night. To encourage indigestion, they practice chewing gum with their mouths, chewing food with their mouths, closing their mouths, and holding them while talking. Shedden later expressed the belief that feeding the animals would not help them recover and that “crocodiles need my love to get their passion back”. It’s called the Alligator Pocho. In order to legally be able to keep Pocho, Shedden must obtain the appropriate wildlife permit from the Costa Rican police. Until then, he had hidden the snake in a hidden pool with a thick tree on its head, deep in the nearby forest.
After Pocho’s health improved, Shedden wanted to return to wildlife and place him in a nearby river. But early in the morning, the man found a crocodile along with his house and lay down on the veranda. Shedden decides to let Pocho stay. Since then, the crocodile has lived outside the home and is considered part of the family along with Shedden’s second wife and daughter. (His first wife abandoned him because he spent too much time with the crocodile.)
For more than 20 years, Shedden has been swimming with lizards in streams outside his home, often at night, cuddling, kissing, and petting Pocho, talking and playing. He even asked the reptiles to respond when they called his name.
For more than a decade, Shedden and Pocho have been visiting weekly international visitors to the 100m2 (1,100 sq ft) man-made lakes at Finca Las Tilapias in their hometown of Siquirres, Costa Rica. In the video documentary “Man Swimming with Crocodiles”, South African filmmaker Roger Horrocks captures two crocodiles shortly before Pocho’s death. He predicted that the danger to Pocho’s head would be to damage a number of brain cells and thus possibly alter the number of common behaviors. Every time Shedden goes into the water with a crocodile, the movie makers feel in mortal danger, referring to human attacks by reptile animals after nearly a decade of membership. But, Shedden said: “Something will happen in two or three years… but I don’t think so because nothing happens after 23 years of dating.”
No, we are too close to the result. Consider this example. One of Pocho’s actions is to run with his mouth open when Shedden enters the water. Before getting too close to him, the pigeon covers his mouth and allows a snout kiss. relationships.
Pocho died of natural causes in the water outside Shedden House in Siquirres on October 12, 2011. The Indian funeral service was held at the homes of friends and supporters. Shedden took the “main” number and sang. Pocho’s artifacts are housed in a stable back glass behind the Siquirres Town Museum.
Shedden is currently working on a new series called Pocho II. The man would usually come across an alligator in a river near his house while fishing, and he would take the crocodile’s food and stroke it. However, the prospect of long-term success is uncertain as things don’t look like Pocho and Shedden’s old relationship.
And in fact, a pocho is probably a once-in-a-lifetime gift. But it’s worth it! Hello, my old friend.
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