A grandfather wrestled a seven feet alligator in order to save his dog which had been dragged into the water by the hungry reptile.
Steve Gustafson, 66, was tending to his garden when he heard the terrified yelps of his West Highland Terrier Bounce coming from the garden
The retired lawyer did not think twice about his own safety when he jumped on top of the alligator and forced it to let go of his ‘best friend’.
Miraculously neither Steve nor Bounce was seriously injured.
Mr Gustafson, from Iowa, told ClickOrlando: ‘Without thinking I just said “you’re not going to get her!” and just leaped on the gator.
‘Just like you do some silly belly flop in a pool – the only difference was I landed on top of a gator.’
The incident took place on Friday afternoon when nine-year-old Bounce was playing at the edge of the pond in the retirement community in Orlando, Florida where she lives with Steve.
The predator came up from the water and got the little dog by her shoulder and collar and began dragging her out into the water.
Horrified, Steve ran down the hill and jumped after her, landing on top of the 130 lbs alligator.
Thanks to his position, Mr Gustafson managed to get hold of the alligator’s tail and back leg and began to wrestle the reptile to make it let go of the 13lbs terrier locked in its jaws.