'Hero' retiree turns 'Florida man' trope on its head with incredible rescue of puppy from gator's jaw
While a certain Florida man plots how to squat in the White House long past his unceremonious eviction, a venerable Floridian hero is reshaping what it means to be a "Florida man" after surveillance cameras caught him on-tape rescuing his puppy from the jaws of an alligator.
Surveillance cameras caught an amazing rescue in Florida when a man jumped into a pond after an alligator grabbed h… https://t.co/nv5t8Dd6Qs— TODAY (@TODAY) 1606051027
AS CBS Miami reports, Richard Wilbanks, a retiree, wrestled the alligator in his backyard ponds after the reptile snatched up his 3-month-old puppy Gunner.
"We were just out walking by the pond, and it came out of the water like a missile," Wilbanks told CNN. "I never thought an alligator could be that fast. It was so quick."
"I just automatically jumped into the water," Wilbanks said of the rescue.
In addition to single-handedly prying open the gator's mouth to free his puppy's leg, observers note that this gentleman is likewise single-handedly redefining what it means to be a "Florida man." Some are also pointing out that this Florida man completed his heroic feat without even dropping his cigar.
Check out some responses below. And learn from Wilkens, who now walks Gunner on a leash, at least 10 feet from the pond's edge.
saved the puppy from getting eaten by an alligator and never dropped his cigar, a true legend https://t.co/ryRSfZqOsy— juan vidal (@juan vidal) 1606058975
Please note this hero never dropped the cigar from his mouth while wrestling his dog from the jaws of an alligator. https://t.co/vu51Nes7ga— Willie Geist (@Willie Geist) 1606061226
Didn’t expect Florida Man to become the story’s hero but 2020 was written by WWE so 🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/JM9tEKF0Yh— MikeMongo.eth💫 call sign "Professor❤️" (@MikeMongo.eth💫 call sign "Professor❤️") 1606060802
Is this Florida? If so this is the most Florida thing ever. https://t.co/jhtBEoZ4Ny— Eric Michael Garcia (@Eric Michael Garcia) 1606062503
All with a cigar in his mouth. This video is peak Florida https://t.co/1A6IKeloAH— Erin Maloney (@Erin Maloney) 1606059680
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