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17 Aug 2009
Rather than trying to tame wild stallions, fearless Costa Rican fisherman
Chito prefers a playful wrestle in the water with his best pal Pocho - a
deadly 17ft crocodile.
The 52-year-old daredevil draws gasps of amazement from onlookers by
wading chest-deep into the water, then whistling for his 980lb buddy - and
giving him an affectionate hug.
"It is too dangerous for anyone else to come in the water. It is only ever
the two of us."
Chito made friends with the croc after finding him with a gunshot wound on
the banks of the Central American state's Parismina river 20 years ago.
He had been shot in the left eye by a cattle farmer and was close to
But Chito enlisted the help of several pals to load the massive reptile
into his boat.
He says: "When I found Pocho in the river he was dying, so I brought him
into my house.
It took years before Chito felt that Pocho had bonded with him enough to
get closer to the animal.
He says: "After a decade I started to work with him. At first it was slow,
slow. I played with him a bit, slowly doing more.