Capturing tradition with a croc.

By BobbyRica | October 19, 2012

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Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Costa Rica can be an eventful time for all ticans. Even for the man-eating crocodiles who live in nearby rivers and lakes. There are processions and Church-oriented activities taking place. But on Good Friday, the men from Ortega de Santa Cruz from the province of Guanacaste pull something that might fascinate or irk you, depending how you look at it. You see, able-bodied men capture a crocodile with their bare hands and display the creature on the town square. I don’t know why they do this, but it has been a tradition for so many decades that no one questions it anymore. Save for the conservationists who, despite the crocs being set free the day after, say it can harm the creature and can pose a threat to the general populace. Though it’s not widely practiced anymore, sometimes if you’re lucky, you might catch a crocodile hog tied and secured to posts in the Central Square. Questionable or not, watching it from afar never fails to impress.

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