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Wednesday October 19, 2011

UPDATE: Pocho the Pet Croc To be Embalmed And Put on Display in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

UPDATE: Pocho the Pet Croc To be Embalmed And Put on Display in Costa Rica (VIDEO)

Photo: Pocho and Chito

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Pocho, the domesticated Costa Rican crocodile will be immortalized and put on display in a museum in the village that cried upon hearing of his demise and prayed him onto the great beyond.

Siquirres, the Costa Rican town that organized a procession and funeral for one of its most dear pets, Pocho, will have the animal embalmed and put on display at the local museum, which used to be his home.

Take a look at the video below for more on Pocho’s funeral.

Original Video- More videos at TinyPic


The 50 year old “Poncho” the Crocodile was tame and performed tricks and stunts for passersby, directed by fisherman Gilberto Shedden until he passed away on Tuesday.

Costa Rican fisherman Gilberto Shedden, known as “Chito” lost his best friend this week: a 980 pound crocodile, almost 16 feet long.

The fisherman and the crocodile had a 20 year history that started when “Chito” found the reptile on death’s door, by a river in the Costa Rican Caribbean.

Shedden took care of the crocodile and trained him to do tricks like shake hands, close one eye and roll over.

Neighbors and friends have prepared a funeral for the Pocho, the only documented domesticated crocodile in the world.