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 from his mouth.
Richard Wilbanks, 74, was walking his Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Gunner, around the pond near his retirement home when the alligator raced up from the water and grabbed the dog. Cameras set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fStop Foundation captured the encounter.
Gunner suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach, while Wilbanks told CNN 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’