Carbon is a black Labrador who loves to romp around the golf course chasing balls at the at the Olde Cypress community in North Naples, Fla.
On a recent warm winter day, Carbon opted to practice his deck jumping skills and decided to take a swim in nearby lake. What Carbon didn’t know was that a 7-foot alligator was lurking nearby. The gator noticed Carbon and began swimming toward the dog.
Donald C. Copps, a part-time Olde Cypress resident who has been looking after Carbon for a friend, jumped into the water hoping to save the dog. Two friends on the golf course hitting balls with him did their best to distract the gator.
The alligator bit Carbon’s left thigh, but the dog got away.
“By the time I gathered my senses, the dog was out of the water and I’m in it up to my chest, just feet from the gator,” Copps told the Naples Daily News.
Carbon suffered a few scrapes and puncture wounds.
“The dog was really lucky,” Dr. Lon Miyahira, the veterinarian who treated Carbon the night he was taken to the animal clinic, told the Daily News. “When I hear alligator bite or attack, I expect worse. It’s hard to recommend jumping into the water, but it’s probably why the dog was not badly injured.”
Miyahira warned against allowing pets anywhere near fresh water.
“For whatever reason, alligators seem to have a fondness for dogs and will go after them,” Miyahira said.