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Tarcoles River crocs will be featured on Animal Planet

The crocodiles of Costa Rica’s Tarcoles River will star in the U.K. in coming months on an episode of Animal Planet U.K.’s “Preposterous Pets.” The episode will follow Tico tour guide Jason Vargas, known for feeding the Tarcoles crocodiles with his bare hands, as he tries to train his 13-year-old daughter in the art of wild croc feeding.

Because of their location between the capital, San José, and the popular central Pacific beach town of Jacó, the sunning crocodiles near the Tarcoles River bridge have long since become a tourist attraction, and plenty of stupid brave souls have delighted YouTube audiences with their feats with the dangerous creatures.

Two years ago, this raw-meat-bearing Tarcoles visitor became Internet-famous due to his death-defying feeding attempt:

And, last year, millions of viewers saw this photographer almost get attacked while ignoring the warnings of everyone around him.

Despite the number of people willing to risk their necks to approach the crocs, according to online daily, feeding wild animals is illegal:

“The law says that you can’t feed wild animals or domesticate them. But beyond that, [Vargas] is risking his life by feeding these temperamental animals that can attack a person at any moment,” Adrián Arce from the National System of Conservation Areas told

He said that the Wildlife Law mandates fines between ₡28,000 and ₡80,000 for people caught feeding the crocodiles.




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