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   xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 18 12:28 AM

Aug 18, 2009: Chito & Pocho

Who need Steve Irwin when we have Chito... shown here with 980 lb Pocho.



They're friends, you see.

Quote:
'This is a very dangerous routine but Pocho is my friend and we have a good relationship,' says 52-year-old Chito.
'He will look me in the eye and he does not attack me.
'It is too dangerous for anyone else to come in the water. It is only ever the two of us.'


Quote:
Shot in the left eye by a cattle farmer after preying on a herd of cows, Chito enlisted the help of several friends to load the massive reptile into his boat. Naming him 'Pocho' (meaning strength), the fisherman says he healed the reptile with medicine, food, and, more importantly, lots of care and attention.

During the recovery process, Chito stayed by Pocho's side, even sleeping with him at night.
'I just wanted him to feel that someone loved him, that not all humans are bad,' Chito says. 'I love all animals, especially ones that have suffered. It meant a lot of sacrifice. I had to be there every day.'

After Chito felt that Pocho had bonded with him, he started to get closer.
'After 10 years I started to work with him,' he says. 'At first it was slow, slow and I started to play with him a little, touching him a little bit and then slowly doing more. Then I found that when I called his name he would come over to me.'
I still wouldn't trust him.

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spudcon  Tuesday Aug 18 12:41 AM

Someone throw Pocho a bag of Chitos.



Scriveyn  Tuesday Aug 18 03:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
...
Quote:
'This is a very dangerous routine but Pocho is my friend and we have a food relationship,' says 52-year-old Chito.
...
There, fixed it for ya.


SPUCK  Tuesday Aug 18 07:07 AM

Ahh. I think that's cute.

No really! I do!

They're both really special.



ZenGum  Tuesday Aug 18 07:16 AM

Pretty cool, but I reckon a stingray barb to the heart would #&%$ him up, too.

And just this once, can we talk about being eaten by the IotD?



spudcon  Tuesday Aug 18 08:25 AM

It's not Friday, why are we getting a picture of a cute little animal?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 18 08:29 AM

Hey Sheldon, spudcon thinks Chito is, "a cute little animal".



Alluvial  Tuesday Aug 18 08:50 AM

Quote:
Shot in the left eye by a cattle farmer after preying on a herd of cows, Chito enlisted the help of several friends to load the massive reptile into his boat.
The guy's a cattle rustler !!




capnhowdy  Tuesday Aug 18 09:02 AM

I think Pocho is just waiting on Chito to get a little meat on his bones.



TheMercenary  Tuesday Aug 18 10:14 AM

The dude is obviously not from around here. Pretty amazing. I agree with the others, the croc is just bidding his time.



Spexxvet  Tuesday Aug 18 11:42 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by TheMercenary View Post
The dude is obviously not from around here. Pretty amazing. I agree with the others, the croc is just bidding his time.
It's not a croc, it's a gator. Or a shark. But it's definitley not a dolphin or a croc.


monster  Tuesday Aug 18 11:52 AM

different names, same old story....




monster  Tuesday Aug 18 11:53 AM

Now, anyone interested in my recipe for Cheeto-stuffed Gator? Crunchy on the outside, soft in the head



dmg1969  Tuesday Aug 18 11:53 AM

I just have four little words...remember Sigfreid and Roy.



Shawnee123  Tuesday Aug 18 11:59 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
Now, anyone interested in my recipe for Cheeto-stuffed Gator? Crunchy on the outside, soft in the head
I was just going to make a Cheeto joke, and you beat me to it, and it was better than I would have come up with. Soft in the head, indeed.


newtimer  Tuesday Aug 18 12:44 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dmg1969 View Post
I just have four little words...remember Sigfreid and Roy.
Puff and Jackie Draper.


monster  Tuesday Aug 18 01:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
different names, same old story....

Quote:
Originally Posted by dmg1969 View Post
I just have four little words...remember Sigfreid and Roy.
why yes, I do....






monster  Tuesday Aug 18 01:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Shawnee123 View Post
I was just going to make a Cheeto joke, and you beat me to it, and it was better than I would have come up with. Soft in the head, indeed.

to be fair, spud got there first, but it was so good I snapped it up


Shawnee123  Tuesday Aug 18 01:26 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
to be fair, spud got there first, but it was so good I snapped it up
OOps, I didn't read the thread. :p


dar512  Tuesday Aug 18 01:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SPUCK View Post
They're both really special.
Special like in short-bus special?


Gravdigr  Tuesday Aug 18 02:37 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by spudcon View Post
Someone throw Pocho a bag of Chitos.
Someone throw Pocho Chito's bag. (Fixed it for ya)


Shawnee123  Tuesday Aug 18 02:39 PM

You might remember him from such shows as Chito and the Man.



classicman  Tuesday Aug 18 02:48 PM

did you say chito and "the poncho"?



spudcon  Tuesday Aug 18 10:31 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
Someone throw Pocho Chito's bag. (Fixed it for ya)
Thank you Digger, that's much funnier.


WillieO  Tuesday Aug 18 11:07 PM

I heard that in Costa Rico, Chito is slang for appetizer.



Saknussem  Wednesday Aug 19 12:45 AM

Well, I think they make a cute couple.



SPUCK  Wednesday Aug 19 05:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by dar512 View Post
Special like in short-bus special?


I could imagine that big sucka being blind in one eye realizing that he has a pretty coosh setup, and just going with the flow.

This is all predicated on them having a lot more smarts that I ever guess before. I guess something that has survived for 50 million years could have some brains.


ZenGum  Wednesday Aug 19 08:00 AM

That's Professor Cockroach to you, sonny.



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