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Viral Footage Captures 74-Year-Old Florida Man Wrestling An Alligator To Save His 3-Month-Old Puppy

Viral Footage Captures 74-Year-Old Florida Man Wrestling An Alligator To Save His 3-Month-Old Puppy 2

Part of what made The Crocodile Hunter so popular—besides the charming passion for wildlife and the charisma of the late Steve Irwin—was the fact that Irwin was always up against some of meanest and most terrifying crocodiles that could rip him to shreds in mere seconds! But they never did because Irwin was a total badass.

Well, turns out, there are more fearless people like Irwin. A man from Florida recently went up against an alligator to save his puppy from certain doom and a wildlife camera recorded the whole deal!

The internet is praising this 74 year old retiree who jumped into a pond to save his puppy from an alligator

Image credits: Florida Wildlife Federation / fSTOP Foundation

Meet Richard Wilbanks, a 74-year-old senior citizen from Estero, Florida who was walking his dog named Gunner around his backyard pond when a juvenile alligator swooshed right out of the water, snatched the 3-month-old puppy, and started dragging it into the pond.

“We were just out walking by the pond,” Wilbanks said in an…

Viral Footage Captures 74-Year-Old Florida Man Wrestling An Alligator To Save His 3-Month-Old Puppy

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