While some animals have a reputation for being notoriously dangerous, there is always the unusual exception. Growing up in South Africa, Roger Horrocks, naturally developed a fear of a dangerous local predator, the giant crocodile. It was only until his first, face to face, underwater encounter with a crocodile that he began to question his life-long fear of this creature that he in fact knew very little about. In the cave where he confronted his childhood fears was also the turning point in his understanding of these mysterious creatures.
He had heard stories of men “calling” wild crocodiles out of a river and even of a shaman who has tamed a giant crocodile, but could this animal that is known for lack of emotion and inability to learn really live up to these tall tales?
Feeling strongly compelled to investigate these legends first hand, Roger visits a Costa Rican shaman, “Chito”, that swims with a giant croc and even rides on the back of the ancient reptile. This and many other stories confirms Roger’s belief that these giant crocodiles have the ability of showing emotion and creating connections with human beings, an otherwise impossible notion in the crocodile’s long history.
Touching the Dragon is the only documentary of it’s kind, following the extraordinary life of some unusual crocs.
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