Did you know that although crocodiles are considered one of the most fierce and violent predators on the planet, that this reputation is somewhat of an exaggeration?

Unless a croc is hungry or threatened, they generally are loathe to attack anyone or anything. For these ancient, cold-blooded guys, it’s all about conservation of energy.

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Nevertheless, human beings still instinctively keep their distance from these massive and capable reptiles. But one man from Costa Rica isn’t quite as afraid of crocodiles as the rest of us. His name is Chito Shedden and his heart-warming story will definitely put a smile on your face…

Top Reptilian Predator

Crocodiles are found throughout the world, including North and South America, Australia, Africa, and Asia. The croc is considered the ultimate reptilian predator, has a bite strength of 5,000 pounds per square inch, and have been known to grow up to 16 feet in length.

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And did you know that they can easily weight over 1,000 pounds? So it makes perfect sense why most people would avoid contact with a crocodile like the plague, but Chito’s not most people…

“I’m a weird guy, I’ll admit it,” said Shedden. “My mother said they broke the mold when they made me.”

Enter Chito Shedden

Chito Shedden is a local Costa Rican fisherman who found Poncho, his crocodile best friend, on the Reventazón River. Chito’s not only an expert fisherman, but is also an amateur naturalist and tour guide in the Limon Province.

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When Chito found Poncho on the banks of the river, he was on the verge of death. But instead of ignoring the ailing predator, the fisherman decided to take him home and nurse him back to health…