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Old 25-11-2020, 12:20 PM   #1
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A man in Florida rescued his puppy from the jaws of an alligator, diving under the water and wrestling the reptile all without dropping the cigar in his mouth.

Richard Wilbanks, 74, was walking his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Gunner, around the pond near his retirement home in Estero, Florida, when the alligator raced up from the water and grabbed the dog, Wilbanks told CNN.

“It came out of the water like a missile,” he said. “I never thought an alligator could be that fast. It was so quick.”

Cameras set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation captured the encounter, which shows Wilbanks in the pond, his head submerged as he tries to grab a hold of the alligator. He then emerges holding the reptile, which still has the dog in its jaws. In Wilbank’s jaws is a cigar – which he never drops.


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Wilbanks moves to the edge of the pond while trying to pry the dog free. Eventually he succeeds, and Gunner runs away while Wilbanks tries to extract his own hands from the creature’s mouth.

Gunner has since seen a vet, and while he suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach, he is otherwise fine, CNN reported, while Wilbanks said that his hands were “chewed up”.

He doesn’t want the alligator removed, he said. “They’re part of nature and part of our lives.”

But he will be keeping Gunner on a leash and at least 3 metres (10 feet) from the pond from now on.

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Old 25-11-2020, 12:24 PM   #2
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Oh god. What a man. Very brave indeed.
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Old 25-11-2020, 12:26 PM   #3
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...oh I saw the vid the other day...the puppy looked completely unphased by it all...well don’t to the guy, he was having none of it......
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Old 25-11-2020, 12:34 PM   #4
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aw bless, that said I was expecting a 7ft gator not a tiddly baby
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...that was some great cigar action as well...holding onto it firmly between his teeth... very Arnie S....
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Old 25-11-2020, 02:25 PM   #6
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i wouldnt want to stay anywhere there were gators in the water. That's a definitive "no way"
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Old 25-11-2020, 02:38 PM   #7
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Good job it was a Baby Gator



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The problem for him would have been if Mrs Gator was in the vicinity at the time
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awww that's so cute
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Trouble is the 7ft mother is never that far away...
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