Friday 17 September 2021

Tico Croc Featured On NatGeo

Paying the bills


500 Intel drones illuminated the night of celebration of the Bicentennial of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - During the celebration of the Bicentennial of...

Covid-19 contagion rate drops, but hospitals still under pressure

QCOSTARICA - The contagion rate of covid-19 once again...

More than 1.1 million vaccines against covid-19 have been received so far in September

QCOSTARICA - With the arrival of 157,950 doses of...

Chile reopens borders to visitors ahead of summer tourism season

Q24N - SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile announced plans to...

Chile among the 5 countries that are opening up and living with Covid

Q REPORTS - London (CNN) - More than 18...

Why buy a flat in Dubai

Investing and getting a good income is one of...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 17: Plates ending in “9 & 0” CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - For today, Friday, September 17, vehicles with...
Paying the bills


The story of the legendary crocodile Pocho and his “owner,” Costa Rican fisherman Gilberto “Chito” Shedon, will be shown in Latin America on the nature TV channel NatGeo next Saturday a 7 p.m.. A filming team originally picked up on the story in 2009 that had captivated Costa Ricans.


The team filmed the unlikely pair but decided that the 15 minute segment they had programed for the film was just too short to do the story justice, since the section showing Chito and Pocho swimming together in affectionate poses, especially with the Tico kissing Pocho’s nose, was too good on TV to cut so short.

- Advertisement -

So the NatGeo team came back for more. Nature lovers watching the show are bound to be pushovers for the story of a fisherman who rescued an injured crocodile in the Tarcoles River near his home. They became fast friends and Pocho seemed aware of his good fortune.

They performed before crowds on weekends until Pocho’s death of natural causes recently. The NatGeo Web site explains, “‘Tocando el dragon (touching the dragon in English) examines the surprising relation between the oldest predator on earth and a unique man, that defies the boundaries of the natural world.”

(We have not seen the film which aired in English a couple of weeks ago, but it should come with the caution, “Kids, don’t try this at home.”)

Chito actually trained Pocho to do tricks and for four years the pair were a favorite tourist attraction at the Centro de Tilapias at Siquierres. So beloved was Pocho that when he died of natural causes last Oct. 10 his body was carried in a funeral procession throughout the canton.

Chito told last Sunday’s edition of TV guide for this country (published by La Nacion) how NatGeo got wind of Pocho even though the croc was only a national celebrity at the time. “A filming team from NatGeo was filming a program in Africa when the team saw a tee shirt with my photo and Pocho’s on it.”

The tourist filled in the crew about Chito and Pocho and NatGeo was hooked. It took them three years of editing to get it just right and only this year did they send him a copy of the finished cut. And, like all who have lost a beloved pet, it was very hard, he said, the see Pocho swimming happily as if immortal.

- Advertisement -

In a manner of speaking, he is.


- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

[BLOG] Costa Rican Electric Company – General Maintenance Procedures

During my fifteen plus years of living in Costa Rica, I...

Heliport, Money and Weapons in Costa Rica

Following reports by residents of Las Asturias de Pococí about flyovers...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.