Richard WilbanksWiki – Richard Wilbanks Biography
Richard Wilbanks is a man from southwest Florida who saved his puppy from an alligator. He jumped into action to save his young puppy after an alligator outside their home, snatched the animal. Wilbanks grabbed the alligator with both hands and pried its jaws open to rescue his spaniel named Gunner. Neither human nor animal was seriously hurt.
Richard Wilbanks is 74 years old.
Richard Wilbanks Puppy: What is the story?
Wilbanks lives in the village of Estero, which is located in southwestern Florida near Fort Myers. He has a pond in his backyard. Wilbanks told CNN he took his three-month-old puppy, Gunner, outside for a walk. He said the alligator “came out of the water like a missile” and grabbed Gunner. Wilbanks told the network he didn’t hesitate to go after the reptile and save his dog. “I just automatically jumped into the water.”
The video shows that Gunner was dragged underwater before Wilbanks could reach him. But Wilbanks managed to latch onto the alligator before it could swim away.
The alligator had the dog’s stomach in its mouth. Wilbanks pried the gator’s jaws open, which allowed the puppy to run away. Luckily, Gunner was not seriously injured, and a veterinarian took care of the stomach bite.
Wilbanks told CNN he received a tetanus shot as a reaction because his hands were “chewed up” from his battle with the reptile. Wilbanks said he now keeps the puppy on a leash and a further distance away from the pond.
Caught on surveillance camera:
Richard Wilbanks NOT MY DOG instincts kicked in when a gator snatched his puppy, Gunner. He jumped in & held the gators mouth open.
Both are fine now.
'They’re like children to us so there was no second thought whatsoever' ❤ pic.twitter.com/N3XWRBLBef
— ∼Marietta (@ThisIsMarietta) November 21, 2020
Wildlife Officials Statement
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, more than 1.3 million alligators live in all of Florida’s 67 counties. The reptiles are found in swamps, rivers, lakes, and waterways along which humans have built homes, which has resulted in more interactions between alligators and humans.
The agency explains on its website that the chances of being attacked by an alligator are meager. The FWC receives about 7 reports per year of alligator bites and says the “likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only one in 3.1 million.”
The alligator in Wilbanks’ backyard pond went after the puppy because it was an easy opportunity for a snack. The FWC explains that alligators do not intentionally seek out humans or our pets: