Fresno, California 2020-11-21 17:02:08 –
Estello’s Richard Wilbanks, 74, bumped into a pond in the backyard, wrestled with a crocodile on the surface of the water, and pryed his jaw open to release Gunner, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
“We were walking by a pond. It came out of the water like a missile. I never thought the crocodile was this fast. It was very fast,” Wilbanks told CNN.
He said adrenaline or instinct had begun, “I just jumped into the water automatically.”
Holding the crocodile wasn’t too difficult, but he said it was “very difficult” to pry open the chin.
Wilbanks said his hand was “bitten” and went to the doctor for a tetanus vaccination.
Gunner had one stab in his abdomen and was fine after going to the vet’s clinic.
The rescue south of Fort Myers was captured by a camera for a partnership between the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation.
“We live in a shared landscape,” Wildlife Federation Meredith Bud told affiliate WINK. “We not only want to tolerate wildlife, but also want to thrive with it in a shared landscape.”
Wilbanks agrees with its mission and does not want to move or destroy the crocodile from the pond.
“They are part of nature and part of our lives,” he said.
He’s still walking Gunner, but he’s tying a puppy-and 10 feet from the edge of the pond. “Our pets, they are like a family to us,” he said.
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