Some folks might call their mom or dad a hero, their sister or brother, a friend they look up to. Others would call the brave men and women of our United States Military heroes, our first responders, our doctors and nurses and frontline workers right now.
An absolute HERO, in all caps, by anybody’s definition.
I don’t really have any context or backstory for what’s going on here other than this video popped off on TikTok, but this Florida man was apparently out for a walk with his young pup when a gator snatched him and took him into the water.
So what did the man do?
HE DOVE IN AN RESCUED THAT PUPPY.
(Warning: you do hear the puppy squeal quite bit so if you don’t want to hear that, maybe hit the mute button)
The video was captured on a Browning trail cam, most likely triggered by motion, and you can see him emerge from UNDER THE WATER with the alligator in his hands. He rips that SOB’s jaws open and after struggling for a moment, the pup falls out of his mouth and runs away to safety.
The man is 74-year old Richard Wilbanks and 3-month-old puppy Gunner.
Either way, Florida man… certified HERO.
And he didn’t drop that cigar the entire time…
Richard Wilbanks Speaks Out After Heroic Rescue
“He just came out like a missile.”
Local news eventually caught up with 74-year-old Richard Wilbanks, who dove into a pond after his 3-month-old puppy Gunner was snatched by an alligator and dragged into the water.
Wilbanks managed to get a hold of the gator, drag him to shore, pry his jaws open, and get poor Gunner to safety. You can hear Gunner whimpering in the video, and Wilbanks groaning as he struggles with the gator. It looks like a scene from a movie, but for the most part, everybody was uninjured.
“He had one little puncture wound, and my hands were just chewed up.”