Man, 74, battles alligator to conserve pup’s life without even dropping his stogie

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    Richard Wilbank saving his puppy Gunner from an alligator.

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    Caption: Man conserves pup from alligator in the water – doesn’t even take stogie out of his mouth (Picture: ABC7)

    Remarkable video reveals a retired male saving his pup from the jaws of an alligator – without even taking his stogie out of his mouth. 

    Richard Wilbanks, 74, hurried into a pond to battle with the reptile, prior to conserving his canine Gunner’s life and most likely taking a seat for a well-earned smoke. 

    Florida’s Mr Wilbanks informed American media that he was strolling his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel near his house in Estero when the alligator hurried out of the water and took his young family pet. Video video reveals the senior American — worn shorts, a cap and vest— having a hard time in the water, and and at one phase going under, prior to withstanding expose a little alligator in his arms. 

    The three-month-old pup yelps and Mr Wilbanks groans as their assaulter bites into them, prior to he wrenches its jaws apart and set the canine totally free.

    He later on described that Gunner suffered one little leak injury after the attack on Friday, November 20. But Mr Wilbanks states his own hands were severely ‘sheared up’.

    Social media users stacked in to applaud the senior citizen after the event, with numerous discovering that in spite of entering into the water and fighting the wild animal, he handled to keep his stogie strongly in location throughout the battle. 

    Mr Wilbanks informed ABC7: ‘I was able to save Gunner’s life, he had one little leak injury, however my hands were simply sheared up.’ 

    He informed other press reporters: ‘He (the alligator) simply came out like a rocket. 

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    Gunner the dog

    Gunner simply had a little leak injury (Picture: ABC7)

    Man saves puppy from alligator in the water

    The pup makes a vacation as owner Mr Wilbanks continues to have problem with the alligator (Picture: ABC7)

    Richard Wilbanks holding the alligator

    He was waist deep in water to pry the reptile’s jaws from Gunner (Picture: ABC7)

    ‘Instinct just took over and adrenaline kicked and I just went right into the water after the ‘gator and Gunner.’

    Mr Wilbanks included that from now on, young Gunner will be kept a leash. 

    The canine is stated to be doing simply great however is a little anxious around the water, while his owner branding the event a ‘learning experience’. 

    The video was taped by cams established as part of a collaboration in between the Florida Wildlife Federation and the F Star Foundation and which generally record deer and bobcats.

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