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Man wrestles alligator in bid to save his dog

Posted on Sunday, 22 November, 2020 | Comment icon 6 comments

Would you wrestle an alligator to save your dog ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Deutschlandreform
A man in Florida was captured on film jumping into a pond to attack an alligator that had grabbed his dog.
Most people are very attached to their dogs, but how many would wrestle an alligator to save them ?

In this recent viral video uploaded onto clip-sharing platform TikTok by user Melissa Chipps, one brave man can be seen jumping into a pond to rescue his tiny Cavalier King Charles spaniel after it was snatched by the jaws of an alligator and dragged beneath the water's surface.

Unwilling to allow his beloved canine companion to be swallowed up by the reptile, the man was able to grab hold of the alligator, prize open its mouth and rescue the dog from certain death.

The man - 74-year-old Richard Wilbanks - later revealed that the dog's name was Gunner.
"We were just out walking by the pond," he told CNN. "and it came out of the water like a missile. I never thought an alligator could be that fast. It was so quick."

He explained that the adrenaline had kicked in and without hesitation, he had jumped into the water.

After the incident he had to seek medical treatment and a tetanus shot as his hands were 'chewed up'.

Fortunately Gunner survived the ordeal with only a small puncture wound.

Source: Lad Bible | Comments (6)

Tags: Alligator, Dog

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by glorybebe on 22 November, 2020, 15:37
One amazing pet owner!
Comment icon #2 Posted by jethrofloyd on 22 November, 2020, 16:06
Comment icon #3 Posted by quiXilver on 22 November, 2020, 16:27
Without a moment's hesitation, I'd do the very same. Well done mate!  Good on ya!
Comment icon #4 Posted by TomO' on 22 November, 2020, 19:52
It was definitely a very brave act. Now, the next time try for a smart act - READ THE WARNING SIGN!!
Comment icon #5 Posted by mesuma on 22 November, 2020, 23:43
I love the fact that if a bigger alligator had grabbed him while he was in the water the dog would probably have done a pee, sniffed about a bit, scratched its ear and went for a nap while he was getting munched.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Dustyrose33 on 5 December, 2020, 1:00 This is the story about a man in Florida that saved his dog from a shark.   I remember when the story first came out the man said for a few weeks the dog woke up at night screaming.  I guess he had flashbacks of when the shark had hold of him.

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