Florida Man Rescues 8-Month-old Pup From Alligator’s Grasp

There’s nothing Mike McCoy wouldn’t do for his adored 8-month-old chocolate lab Jack—including, it seems, wrestling an alligator.

Mike McCoy and Jack the puppy were walking near a pond behind a middle school in the town of Holiday when the gator appeared out of nowhere. It tried to pull Jack under the water. Then Mike did the unthinkable. He jumped in the water too.

“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,” said McCoy to ABC Action News.

After their tussle with the giant reptile, both owner and dog got medical stitches and are now doing fine. Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) are also working to relocate the alligator to a safer place.

FWC states that such attacks are rare in the Sunshine State, but it’s important to keep one’s distance from such predators. Head to their website for more info and advice on co-existing with gators.