It is known that a man in his 70s in Florida, USA, confronted a crocodile with his bare hands and rescued his dog.
According to local media such as CNN on the 21st (local time), at the end of October, Richard Wilbanks, 74, of Lee County, Florida, was attacked by an alligator while walking with a three-month-old dog. The scene was shot on a camera installed to track wild animals, and was released later.
The video recorded by the camera still contains an urgent scene. The video begins with Wilbanks following the crocodile into the pond immediately after the crocodile bit the dog and dragged it into the water. In the waist-up pond, Wilbanks lifted the crocodile with his face in the water.
In the crocodile’s mouth, his puppy spaniel is in pain with a belly bite. Wilbanks began to open the crocodile’s mouth with his bare hands, and after about 10 seconds of struggle, he successfully rescued the puppy.
Reportedly, his puppy, who survived dramatically, suffered an alligator tooth piercing his stomach, and Wilbanks also bitten his hand in the rescue process. However, both were treated and healed, CNN said.
In an interview with CNN, Wilbanks explained the situation at the time, “I was walking near the pond, and the crocodile jumped out like a missile from the water,” and “instinctively jumped into the water.” He added, “It wasn’t difficult to catch the crocodile, but it was really hard to open the jaw (of the crocodile).”
An official from the Florida Wildlife Federation, who released this video, said, “We are living together by sharing nature with wild animals.” “The crocodile is a part of nature and our lives,” said Wilbanks. “We don’t want to kill the crocodile that attacked it.”
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