Chito Shedden, a fisherman from Siquirres, Costa Rica, happened upon a giant crocodile dying on the banks of a river. He did […]
Chito Shedden, a fisherman from Siquirres, Costa Rica, happened upon a giant crocodile dying on the banks of a river. He did something that no one else in the world would think to do.
The year was 1989, and Chito was walking along the banks of the Reventazón River when he happened upon something very strange. There, on the banks of the river, was a dying male crocodile. He realized it had been shot through the head and the left eye.
He knew, as dangerous as it was, he couldn’t leave the poor animal there, alone and helpless. Chito with the help of several brave friends loaded the heavy reptile into his boat. He knew if he just got the animal back to his home, he could heal it, then release it back into the wild. He named the massive reptile, “Pocho” which means strength and began to care for him in his own backyard….
The altruistic fisherman started to heal Pocho with a combination of medicine, food, and, more importantly, lots of care and attention. Chito fed the crocodile a steady diet of chicken and fish. He procured medicine to stave off infection and even stayed by his side at night, going as far as to sleep right next to him at night.
For six months, Chito hand fed Pocho. He even simulated the chewing of food with his mouth to encourage the crocodile to eat. Affection was one of the most important factors to Pocho’s recovery. Chito gave it kisses and hugs, he talked to it and pet it. “The crocodile needed my love to regain the will to live,” he said. His first wife was not pleased…