74-year-old Palm Beach County woman fends off alligator to save dog

Many people are prepared to put themselves in danger in order to protect their loving pets. Every now and then, we read about pet owners putting their own lives in danger to save the lives of their furry companions (and pets do the same for their owners).

To keep her beloved golden retriever from being eaten by an alligator, a 74-year-old lady fought the beast.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Suzan Marciano of Boca Raton, Florida, was walking her dog Nalu near a lake on the evening of August 24.

The golden retriever and his handler were resting by the lake after a game of fetch. Suzan, on the other hand, describes how her “heart dropped” as she saw a black spot in the water approaching her dog.

It was a six-foot-long alligator, and it had Nalu in its jaws in a flash.

The old woman didn’t waste any time in acting and releasing her dog from its leash.“I merely did what I could. According to her account in the Palm Beach Post, “I came down on the alligator with all my weight.
When Nalu was freed from the gator’s grasp, it turned its attention to Suzan, biting her hand. “It was all just a big blur” she said. I couldn’t believe it. As she recalls, “I didn’t feel a thing.”

Despite the fact that Suzan and Nalu survived the tragedy, their injuries demanded hospitalization. Suzan’s hand received five stitches, while Nalu underwent a two-hour operation to heal wounds on her stomach and thigh.

Suzan claims she was afraid to go back to the park for weeks after the event because “I kept seeing the shadow with two eyes coming up from the water,” she recalls. She told the Palm Beach Post, “I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

According to the New York Times, when the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission investigated the incident, no alligators were located in the lake. According to a spokeswoman for the program, alligator threats are “proactively addressed.”

It had been a scary experience. Despite their bruises and suffering, Suzan and Nalu made it out of the trip alive. Pet parents’ bravery is on show in the face of danger.

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