Florida Man Pries Open Gator’s Jaws, Saves ‘Baxter’

File photo. Alex Beattie, CC BY 2.0

Breitbart.com – A Florida dog owner showed an alligator who’s boss when he pulled apart the gator’s jaws to save his beloved pet.

The man heard a commotion outside his house and discovered the gator and dog in an adjacent canal.

He jumped in and rescued his imperiled dog.

The owner took the dog to his veterinarian to be treated for minor injuries. [Not sure if the pup was named Spot, Rover, Fifi, or Baxter – in any event, the canine apparently survived. – Ed.] 

Florida Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the man was also injured.

“He got injured, either prying the mouth open or — it’s still kinda sketchy of how, but from the alligator,” Lt. Rob Gerkin told WWSB.

The man’s neighbor rejoiced when she heard the gator had been caught.

“They got him! He was 9 feet 9 inches,” Kelley Ayers wrote on Facebook. “So glad my neighbor and dog are OK!”

Officials say anyone with similar concerns should call their Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR. Read more. 

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