Grandpa dives on the back of a 7-foot alligator to save his West Highland terrier
A Florida grandfather is recovering from injuries he received after he dove on the back of an alligator to save his 9-year-old West Highland terrier, Bounce.
Steve Gustafson, a 66-year-old retired corporate lawyer told the Orlando Sentinel he didn’t think twice before jumping into a pond Friday and wrestling the 7-foot gator that was trying to carry away his “best friend.
He jumped on top of the gator and held its head while Bounce paddled to safety,
He then tossed the gator away from his body and ran, but it still managed to snap his hand. He required two stitches. Bounce is fine.
“It’s like being in a really bad car accident and walking away from it,” Gustafson said.
The gator was caught by a trapper Monday, and Gustafson said he plans to get it mounted and keep it on his porch as a souvenir.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 19th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
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