A Florida man saved a dog from certain death after an alligator snatched the puppy
23 November, 2020, 02:03
In a dramatic encounter recorded by surveillance cameras, a Florida man chased an alligator under water and rescued his 3-month-old puppy from the jaws of death. The man submerges his whole arm to bring the small dog to the surface, with the small alligator still latched on. The dog is seen yelping as Richard struggles to free it from the gator's grip. After about 12 seconds, the man succeeds in freeing his pet, and it scampers ashore.
And if you're wondering how the unusual scenario was caught on camera, it's because Willbanks was walking Gunner in a pond by his back yard - an area that is shared with the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation, which often capture footage of animals like deer.
According to a report by Charleston's ABC News 4, Richard Wilbanks went into a pond and pried open an alligators mouth to save his puppy, Gunner, after he was pulled under by the beast.
"I never thought an alligator could be that fast". He also said he was fine, but his hands had been hurt and he received a tetanus shot. "We don't just want to tolerate wildlife, but, rather, we want to thrive with wildlife on a shared landscape". It's part of a campaign called "Sharing the Landscape", aiming to help people appreciate and understand the wildlife they live near. "Each species plays an important role and contributes to keeping our environment healthy".
Mr Wilbanks groans as he eventually frees his furry little mate and Gunner runs away to safety.