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Old 08-18-2009, 12:28 AM   #1
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Aug 18, 2009: Chito & Pocho

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



They're friends, you see.

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'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.'


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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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Old 08-18-2009, 12:41 AM   #2
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Someone throw Pocho a bag of Chitos.
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:20 AM   #3
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'This is a very dangerous routine but Pocho is my friend and we have a food relationship,' says 52-year-old Chito.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:07 AM   #4
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Ahh. I think that's cute.

No really! I do!

They're both really special.
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Old 08-18-2009, 07:16 AM   #5
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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?
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:25 AM   #6
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It's not Friday, why are we getting a picture of a cute little animal?
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:29 AM   #7
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Hey Sheldon, spudcon thinks Chito is, "a cute little animal".
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:50 AM   #8
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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 !!

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Old 08-18-2009, 09:02 AM   #9
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I think Pocho is just waiting on Chito to get a little meat on his bones.
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:14 AM   #10
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The dude is obviously not from around here. Pretty amazing. I agree with the others, the croc is just bidding his time.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:42 AM   #11
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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.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:52 AM   #12
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different names, same old story....

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Old 08-18-2009, 11:53 AM   #13
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Now, anyone interested in my recipe for Cheeto-stuffed Gator? Crunchy on the outside, soft in the head
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:53 AM   #14
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I just have four little words...remember Sigfreid and Roy.
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Old 08-18-2009, 11:59 AM   #15
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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.
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