A Florida man wrestled a 7-to-9 foot alligator to save his puppy from being killed. On Tuesday, Mike McCoy was walking his eight-month-old Chocolate Labrador retriever, Jake, near a pond in Holiday when the gator emerged from the water and grabbed the pooch. McCoy said, “He was in the death roll with that old gator.”
Jake’s owner didn’t hesitate to jump into the fray to save his pup. He told ABC Action News, “I previously read up on my environment and gators. I got around, thumbed him the eye, picked him out of the water so he couldn’t get anywhere until he let the dog go. And in the interim he decided, I don’t have him, I’ll bite you.”
Jake and Mike were injured enough to get stitches, but both are expected to make a full recovery. And though the encounter was dangerous, Mike says that he “didn’t think twice” about saving his four-legged friend, telling the news agency that there was “No hesitation. It’s just the way it is.”
Wildlife officials are working with a trapper to find and remove the alligator from the pond.
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