Nearly 20 years ago, a five-metre-long crocodile laid severely injured on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica after being shot by a farmer. Luckly for that crocodile, a kind local named Chito couldn’t bear to let him die. Chito rescued Pocho, as he called the croc, and nursed him back to health.
When Pocho had regained his strength, Chito took him back along the river to release him. But Pocho didn’t want to be left behind, and followed Chito home! With permission from the Minister for Environment and the help of a vet, Chito looked after Pocho for nearly two decades. Pocho passed away in 2011.
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