A Florida guy is drawing reward for valiantly saving his pet from the jaws of an alligator.
Richard Wilbanks, 74, was once simply playing the solar when he heard his new pet, Gunner, crying. A alligator within the yard pond at his Lee County house had grabbed the canine and pulled it into the water.
Wilbanks, an avid hunter, reacted briefly, leaping into the pond, grabbing the small alligator and pulling its jaw open, so Gunner, a three-month-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel, may just get away, surveillance video of the rescue displays.
“It was once only a surprise, it came about so speedy,” Wilbanks informed NBC Fortress Myers associate WBBH. “Intuition simply took over and adrenaline kicked in and I simply went proper into the water after the gator and Gunner.”
Wilbanks, whom NBC Information was once not able to achieve on Sunday, informed WBBH that he handiest were given a couple of cuts from the rescue, and the pet is OK.
“He had the canine and he’s lined in blood,” mentioned Wilbanks spouse, Louise, describing the instant she learned her husband had wrestled the small gator.
The past due October incident was once captured on video as a result of Wilbanks participates in a program the place citizens who reside adjoining to wild habitats let the Florida Natural world Federation and the fStop Basis put cameras on their land to file animals, consistent with the Fortress Myers Information-Press. The rules realized of the incident handiest not too long ago after amassing the reminiscence card from the digital camera on Wilbanks’ land.
WBBH mentioned the alligator was once got rid of from the Wilbanks’ yard.
Amazingly, Wilbanks was once ready to stay the cigar he was once smoking in his mouth whilst he rescued the little man.