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A man from Florida was caught on camera to save his dog from an alligator in October. The man had a camera in Estero̵

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Fort Myers News-Press

FORT MYERS, Florida – Recently published footage shows a Florida man rescuing his dog from the grip of an alligator, an unexpected moment shot on film from a project designed to monitor local wildlife.

The dramatic video shows the man jumping into the deep waist water of the lake after the alligator dragged the dog underwater. The man dips his whole hand to bring the little dog to the surface, and the little alligator is still fixed.

The dog cries as the man struggles to free him from the grip of the gator, snoring loudly at the tension. After about 12 seconds, the man manages to free his pet and he escapes to the shore.

The organization that shot the video says the man and his dog are fine.

The footage was taken as part of a project between the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fStop Foundation called Landscape Sharing. The project involves residents living in areas bordering wildlife in Lee County by voluntarily placing cameras in their backyards to document wildlife living and sharing the same landscape, according to Meredith Bud, director of regional policy. for the wildlife federation.

Richard Wilbans of Estero was one of the residents chosen to have a camera in his backyard.

According to Bud, Wilbans was caught rescuing his dog from an alligator in late October. The foundations had no idea what had happened until they collected the memory cards and saw the footage exactly in the last week, she said.

Bud said that “homeowners have taken their dog to the vet and the man has also been checked and all parties involved are healthy and well.”

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The puppy – named Guner, 3-month-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – has recovered from a stab wound, Wilbanks told CNN.

“I never thought an alligator could be so fast. It was so fast,” Wilbans told the network. He also said he was fine, but his hands were injured and he received a tetanus shot.

The camera project began as a way to increase the conversation about how people and wildlife share the same landscape. Because residential buildings encroach on wildlife habitats in southwest Florida, Budd said education for coexistence with wildlife is important to help reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.

“Wildlife is all around us and we are all part of the same ecosystem,” she said. “Each species plays an important role and contributes to keeping our environment healthy.”

The ultimate goal of the project is to capture footage taken from the volunteers’ properties and create a video to help people learn about life in the wild.

“It is crucial that people living on the border of the wild land take extra precautions – dogs must be tethered and people and pets avoid lingering on the edge of large bodies of water where alligators are known to live.” said Bud.

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