Lucky for him, McCoy had previously read up on what to do in cases of alligator attacks, so he had some idea of what he needed to do. McCoy went behind the alligator and gouged him in the eye using his thumbs. He then picked up the alligator out of the water so he wouldn’t be able to swim away with Jake.
Surprised and angered by this new turn of events, the alligator let Jake go and turned his fury onto McCoy, biting him in the hands and arms. Luckily, both McCoy and Jake were able to escape before the alligator could do more harm.
As the fight between McCoy and the alligator unfolded, a school teacher was watching the incident from a nearby middle school. After McCoy and Jake managed to escape from the alligator, a nurse at the school dressed McCoy’s wounds temporarily before they got proper medical attention. Both McCoy and Jake eventually got stitches, but aside from these minor injuries, they are totally healthy and safe.
Following reports of the attack, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is doing what it can to capture the reptile. Although cases of serious injuries from alligators are not very common in Florida, the commission urges residents of Florida to exercise caution whenever they are in areas that could potentially harbor alligators.
This is not the first time a person has fought an alligator to save their pet’s life. In November 2020, a 74-year-old man from Florida jumped into a pond to save his pup, who had been attacked by an alligator. Just like McCoy, the man managed to save his pup and survived the incident with a few minor injuries.