A dog owner in Baldwin County says his Labrador is very lucky a gator chose not to fight back. A post about a supposed gator attack on a dog by the Bay Animal Clinic went viral on social media over the weekend.
Kent Brewer sent a letter to neighbors clarifying what he says happened last Thursday. He says they had been keeping their Labrador Bonnie out of the water of Fly Creek because they had seen the alligator in the area recently. Brewer says a friend came over, let the dogs out and Bonnie raced into the water towards what she thought was a log and collided with the alligator.
“They both went under. Bonnie surfaced, swam approx. 50 yards back to the dock and fortunately suffered only a few minor punctures and a cut. What initially was thought to be an attack, in hindsight, the gator behaved only in a defensive manner and lucky for Bonnie did not pursue,” said the letter. Brewer says they are very lucky the gator didn’t try to eat their dog. He says the gator was either not hungry or not expecting to encounter a dog.
The full letter is below:
You have likely heard the story of an alligator recently attacking a dog on Fly Creek. I thought I would share the accurate details of this very unusual event. The dog in the story is our 75lbs. Labrador Bonnie.Bonnie sometimes entertains herself but retrieving large logs that float down the creek. We knew the gator was present and we were keeping the dogs away from creek until the gator was removed. A friend came by for a dog play date when we were not home and let Bonnie out and down to the creek. Bonnie jumped in to retrieve a log that turned out to be the very large gator. She swam full speed toward the gator and collided.They both went under. Bonnie surfaced, swam approx. 50 yards back to dock and fortunately suffered only a few minor punctures and a cut. What initially was thought to be an attack, in hindsight, the gator behaved only in a defensive manor and lucky for Bonnie did not pursue.Obviously, we were extremely fortunate that on that day the gator was not interested in eating Bonnie. Joe English, our dedicated local gator remover, says he has never heard of anything like this before and suspects the gator was either not hungry, not expecting a dog attack….or both.The 9’ – 6” gator was removed on Saturday. –Kent Brewer e-mail.