Amazing True Story Of How A Fisherman Saved A Crocodile & Became His Best Friend (With Photos & Video)

After finding a crocodile dying on the banks of the Reventazón River in Costa Rica back in 1989, a local fisherman named Gilberto “Chito” Shedden decided he would nurse the prehistoric creature back to health.


Over the next 6 months, the fisherman cared for the crocodile until he reached full health, and developed a bond which shattered the belief that these giant reptiles — which outlasted the dinosaurs — were incapable of developing a relationship rooted in empathy and compassion.

When the fisherman saw that his crocodile friend (who he had named “Pocho”) became strong enough to be released back into the wild, he decided to set him free.

But much to the fisherman’s surprise, when he woke up the next morning he found that Pocho had followed him home and slept on his porch. The crocodile refused to leave, and their legendary relationship was born.

Image Credit: EFE/Archivo/Jeffrey Arguedas

Shocked by the stories of this unprecedented bond, film maker Roger Horrocks decided to visit the Costa Rican fisherman and his crocodile friend to see whether the legends were true, and he wasn’t disappointed.

Image Credit: EFE/Archivo/Jeffrey Arguedas


Below you can watch a documentary that highlights this incredible bond.

It should be mentioned that Poncho has since passed away from natural causes in 2011, but the pair enjoyed a loving bond together for 23 years.

A very emotional funeral and good bye was held for Poncho by Shedden
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When asked about the decision he made to save Poncho, the fisherman replied“I just wanted him to feel that someone loved him, that not all humans are bad. I love all animals, especially ones that have suffered.”


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