Grandpa Wrestles Gator To Save Dog

By on Sep 21, 2012 in Amazing, Animals, Science, United States, World Comments
Steve Gustafson and his dog Bounce

Steve Gustafson and his dog, Bounce
Image Credit: WKMG / Steve Gustafson

Steve Gustafson, a 66-year-old grandfather from Iowa, wrestled a seven-foot alligator to save his dog “Bounce“, international news sites reported on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

According to reports, Gustafson was on his garden at his home at the Villages, a retirement community near Orlando, when he heard his dog’s yelp and saw the alligator carrying his dog away in its mouth.

“For whatever reason, I don’t know, I just yelled, ‘you’re not going to get her!’ and just leaped on the gator… just like you do some silly belly flop in a pool. The only difference was I landed on top of a gator,” Gustafson was quoted as saying by the Orlando Sentinel.

What follows next was narrated by Orlando Sentinel as follows:

Within seconds he said he wrangled the reptile’s head to the bottom of the pond while grabbing its back leg. The 130-pound gator spun trying to submerge them all in 3 feet of water, but Gustafson regained his balance and shoved the gator toward the shore, a move that freed the diminutive Bounce, who weighs 13 pounds. The pooch slowly paddled for safety as Gustafson tossed the startled gator back into the pond, but not before it snapped at his right hand.

Shaken, soaked and bruised, Gustafson snatched Bounce and dashed to the shore with the wounded 9-year-old dog in his arms.

Reports said that the alligator is no longer a threat to the community because a local trapper caught it.

“When people ask [about] my reaction — I didn’t have a choice. If I hesitated I would have lost my best friend,” Gustafson reportedly said.

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