Thursday, July 18, 2013

A Real Amazing Crocodile!

Of all the stories in Holy Crocodile! the one I found hardest to believe was the legend of St. Pachome and the crocodile -- the story that gives the book its title!

I wouldn't want to get close to a living crocodile unless it was in a zoo; they are dangerous creatures, who I think would rather snack on me than make friends. So when I first heard of Pachome riding on the back of a crocodile, I thought of the story had to be embellished -- to show the goodness of the saint. I had trouble believing it was literally true.

Then I came across the story of a Costa Rican fisherman who rescued a crocodile that had been shot in the eye and left to die. They developed a friendship that lasted more than twenty years, until the croc's death.

Click on this video link to see the fisherman swimming with his friend, the crocodile:

Who knows, maybe Pachome did a good deed towards his crocodile too... one that earned him the croc's love. Or maybe the croc just recognized Pachome's goodness, and returned it in kind.

Even though I now believe crocodile/human friendship is possible, 
I still say "Kids, don't try this at home!"

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