Hearing sutra helps crocodile

China Daily, March 1, 2007

Taipei, Taiwan -- It is widely believed that listening to a Buddhist sutra regularly helps mold a person's temperament. Sometimes it also works on a crocodile.

According to its owner in Taiwan, surnamed Qiu, the crocodile, weighing more than 700 kilograms, was extremely fierce just after it was brought to his new residence.

To help reduce its ferocity, Qiu kept broadcasting one of the Buddhist sutras while the crocodile was sunbathing.

As time passed, the crocodile gradually became tamer. It would bare its claws only slightly when curious visitors swarmed in and touched it.