Underwatertimes.com News Service - January 26, 2007 17:24 EST
costa rican tamed croc

Tico Tarzan with a huge 16.5 foot crocodile weighing almost 1,000lbs.

A dog is usually described as a man\'s best friend, but in Costa Rica a man has become best mates with a huge 16.5 foot crocodile weighing almost 1,000lbs.

Gilberto Graham has seemingly domesticated the croc, and has even started his own show in which he cavorts with the beast in a swimming pool and gives it commands.

During the performance, Gilberto, known also as the Tico Tarzan, gets up close to the open jaw of the crocodile, and even bites one of the animal\'s teeth.

An Italian tourist came away from the show shaking his head, saying: \"I\'ve never scene a show like this. It\'s the first time I\'ve seen a person tame a crocodile.\"

Tico Tarzan said he found the reptile wounded by a bullet five years ago after it had been shot by a farmer who wanted to keep it from eating his cattle.

He claims he cured and fed the crocodile - and little by little he got to know the croc and gained its confidence.

A dog is usually described as a man's best friend, but in Costa Rica a man has become best mates with a huge 16.5 foot crocodile weighing almost 1,000lbs.

Gilberto Graham has seemingly domesticated the croc, and has even started his own show in which he cavorts with the beast in a swimming pool and gives it commands.

During the performance, Gilberto, known also as the Tico Tarzan, gets up close to the open jaw of the crocodile, and even bites one of the animal's teeth.

An Italian tourist came away from the show shaking his head, saying: "I've never scene a show like this. It's the first time I've seen a person tame a crocodile."

Tico Tarzan said he found the reptile wounded by a bullet five years ago after it had been shot by a farmer who wanted to keep it from eating his cattle.

He claims he cured and fed the crocodile - and little by little he got to know the croc and gained its confidence.