At the Olde Cypress community in North Naples, Florida, a Labrador retriever owes his life to three golfers who rescued the dog from the deadly jaws of an alligator. Carbon, a black Lab who loves to frolic on the golf course and chase golf balls, also enjoys an occasional swim – this time however he took a dip in the nearby lake with a seven-foot alligator sunning himself on the shore.
The moment Carbon jumped into the water, the gator followed, but not before Donald Copps, who had been taking care of the dog, spotted the reptile going in after the dog and jumped in to save Carbon. Two other golfers saw what was happening and rushed over to help – using their golf clubs and balls to distract the alligator. According to Naples Daily News, Carbon was bitten on the thigh, but was able to get out of the water. Copps managed to back out of the water with no injuries.
Carbon was rushed to the family’s veterinarian where he was treated for a puncture wound and some lacerations, but the pooch is expected to make a full recovery. While it is not recommended to ever jump in a lake to save a dog threatened by an alligator, this turned out to be a very fortunate rescue for both man’s best friend and the man. Alligators are commonly seen in lakes and ponds in Florida. Be aware and above all – be careful with dogs swimming in unfamiliar bodies of water.
(Photo of alligator courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife.)
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