74-year-old cigar smoking oom rescues puppy from jaws of alligator

A man in Florida has been filmed rescuing his puppy from the jaws of an alligator.

The video shows the 74-year-old man diving under the water and fighting the alligator – all the time while smoking a cigar.

Richard Wilbanks told CNN he was walking his dog, Gunner, around the pond near his retirement home, when the alligator grabbed the puppy.

“It came out of the water like a missile,” he said.

Florida is famous for its alligators. The cameras which caught the incident were set up by the Florida Wildlife Federation and the fSTOP Foundation.