Man rescues puppy from jaws of alligator in Florida

Man rescues puppy from jaws of alligator in Florida
(Florida Wildlife Federation and fSTOP Foundation)

A man has rescued his pet dog after it was attacked by an alligator in Florida.

Richard Wilbanks, 74, was walking his dog by a pond in Estero, Florida, when the alligator got hold of the puppy.

Cameras set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation captured the incident, which shows Mr Wilbanks grabbing hold of the alligator and freeing the puppy.

The footage was taken as part of the two wildlife organisations’ Sharing the Landscape project, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of respecting wildlife, and the habitats that animals and humans share.

A spokeswoman for Florida Wildlife Federation said: “It is critical that people who live at the interface of wild land take extra precautions.

“Dogs should be leashed and both people and pets should avoid lingering at the edge of large retention ponds where alligators are known to occupy.”

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