World Cup visitors answer call of the wild in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 01:47
Alligators and adventure await World Cup fans in Pantanal wetlands as Brazil's wildlife is on display. Gavino Garay reports.
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The journey begins in Brazil's Pantanal -- the planet's largest wetland.
Between World Cup games it is drawing fans from around the world -- who are taking in the wildlife.
And monkeys, among others.
Little Fish has been a guide here for a decade.
It's given him time to nurture this bench of Brazilian stars -- a team Brazil used in lobbying World Cup organizers.
Little Fish not only shows the wildlife -- he plays with it.
He treats this alligator he calls Dragao almost like a family pet.
Along the shores there's a stork Little Fish calls "TAFFAREL" -- named after a former Brazilian goalkeeper.
Visitors like what they see.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CATALINA RESTREPO, TOURIST FROM COLOMBIA, SAYING:
"It's very amazing to see how the human people interact with the animals without making it dangerous for them, without hurting them, which is very, very nice. You can train them. You can interact with them without doing anything bad to them. So I liked that a lot. It was so cool."
Little Fish says his office is a paradise.
(SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) JOSUE LOPES, TOUR GUIDE ALSO KNOWN AS "LITTLE FISH", SAYING:
"This is a job created by God and he gave me the creativity to talk to nature with the trees and the animals. And today I live among the flora and fauna."
Hundreds of tourists have already heard the call of the wild -- and no matter what happens in the matches there are always winners in the Pantanal.
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