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75-year-old man fights with alligator. His dog was the reason

After his encounter with the reptile, Ackerman called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline.

it's viral Updated: Jul 14, 2019 17:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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An alligator latched onto a dog (representational image). (Unsplash/@vaun0815)

In what can be called an act of bravery, a 75-year-old man from Florida fought with an alligator after the reptile tried to attack his dog. Buddy Ackerman came across the 8-foot (2.44-meter) gator near his Palm Harbor condominium earlier this week, reports Tampa Bay Times. He further added that his dog, named Osi, was on a retractable leash when they went out for walking.

It was around 5:30 a.m in the morning - and dark - when Ackerman , along with Osi, made their way towards a pond, as reported by Tampa Bay Times. Soon, he heard a whimpering sound that caught his attention. He realised that his dog was making the sound as an alligator had latched onto Osi. He quickly started kicking the reptile to save his four-legged furry kid. Eventually, the gator left the dog. None of the animals were injured in this incident.

After his encounter with the reptile, Ackerman called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Nuisance Alligator Hotline, reports Tampa Bay Times.

Later, the Florida wildlife officials came to the scene of the incident and trapped the alligator, reports Tampa Bay Times.“I’m chalking it up to good luck,”Ackerman said. “I was worried more about my daughter and how she would feel,” he further added.

(With inputs from Associated Press)

First Published: Jul 14, 2019 11:49 IST