Florida Man Saves Puppy from a Gator

Executive Summary:

  • A man in Florida rescued his puppy from the jaws of an alligator 
  • The puppy is OK, the Gator is OK, the Man is OK, the Man’s Cigar is OK

Thanks to the smartest Subscriber to Sarkes Corner, Dr. Todd Ruecker, for this story from Sarkeses back yard.

First of all, “Many People Say” Sarkes, have you been on sabbatical?  We haven’t received an Award Winning Sarkes Corner is a while.  We even called our Internet Provider and Email Provider to see if the Trump Administration had censored Sarkes Corner!!  What gives??!!!

Dear Subscribers, don’t fret, Sarkes Corner was not censored by the Orange Pulitzer. No, Sarkes was not on sabbatical.  Simply stated, Sarkes was taking a Mental Health break as the daily drama since Election night has made Sarkes nauseous.  Alas, with rest and relaxation, limiting TV time to reruns of Judge Judy, and avoiding ALL Cable News, Sarkes is renewed and ready to resume his journey to a Nobel Prize in Literature.

Sarkes had a mental health scare, but is now refreshed and back in the game

 An Estero, Florida man, Richard Wilbanks, rescued his puppy from the jaws of an alligator, diving under the water and wrestling the reptile all without dropping the cigar in his mouth.  “Many People Say” Sarkes, don’t you live in Estero, Florida?  Indeed, Sarkes does live in Estero, Florida (formerly Bonita Springs) but does not know Richard Wilbanks.  You see, Estero has a bi-model demographic:  Gated Country Club communities where residents wear collared golf shirts tucked into nice shorts, AND, other communities where residents wear sleeveless T-shirts and Cargo shorts or Phys Ed shorts.  These two Estero communities do cross paths at Publix but Sarkes does not remember meeting Wilbanks.

Richard Wilbanks does not live in a gated community in Estero

Wilbanks, 74, was walking his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Gunner, around the pond near his retirement home when the alligator raced up from the water and grabbed the dog.  Wilbanks said: It came out of the water like a missile.  I never thought an alligator could be that fast. It was so quick.”  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnyghAjzu1Q

The vicious attack on little Gunner was captured on Camera

Cameras set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation captured the encounter, which shows Wilbanks in the pond, his head submerged as he tries to grab a hold of the alligator. He then emerges holding the reptile, which still has the dog in its jaws. In Wilbank’s jaws is a cigar – which he never drops.  Wilbanks moves to the edge of the pond while trying to pry the dog free. Eventually he succeeds, and Gunner runs away while Wilbanks tries to extract his own hands from the creature’s mouth.

A rush of adrenalin allowed Wilbanks save his cigar

Gunner has since seen a vet, and while he suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach, he is otherwise fine. Wilbanks suffered puncture wounds to his hands.

Gunner and Wilbanks suffered minor puncture wounds but are fine

It is easy for us to place blame on the Gator, but Sarkes digs deeper and cautions all to not jump to this conclusion.  You see, it is a requirement in most Florida communities that Dogs must be on a leash when out of the house.  In Florida, a strong Red state, this requirement is often ignored as many of Sarkeses neighbors do not want the Government interfering with their Rights.  

Don’t Blame Gunner, he is innocent, he can’t put the leash on himself

Also, most ponds and lakes where Gators reside are clearly marked with warning signs, and this was the case in Wilbank’s neighborhood. 

Signs clearly warn citizens that there could be danger in the lake 

Wilbanks said that he will be keeping Gunner on a leash and at least 10 feet from the pond from now on.  Duh, really, you figured this out all by yourself!!

In the end, all is well, the puppy is OK, the Gator is OK, the Man is OK, the Man’s Cigar is OK.