Alligators can be horribly unpredictable and extremely dangerous as one handler learned just a few days ago.
The unnamed employee at Scales and Tails in Utah was showing off some tricks with the alligator she handles when it suddenly clamped down on her hand, dragged her forward, and barrel-rolled her in a shallow pool. The handler, who was very clearly caught off guard, was pulled into the water as horrified spectators including a group of children watched on.
Thankfully, some heroes at the scene jumped into action after calling for help.
"We've got some trouble in here," you can hear one of the guests shouting but when no one gets there on time, they take matters into their own hands.
One of the dads suddenly jumps onto the alligator's back and restrains it from barrel-rolling the handler again, a move that can easily kill any human. He then holds down the mouth of the animal so that it doesn't have the chance to clamp down more firmly on her hand. 2 other men try and lend a helping hand from outside of the shallow pool while they wait for professionals to get to the scene.
After a few minutes of trying to get the alligator to release it's grip, the group is successful and the handler manages to get out. The man, who has been identified as Donnie Wiseman, remains clutching to it so that it doesn't have the chance to try to bite someone else.
"Are you bitten?" asks the handler.
"No," he replies while trying his best to keep the giant reptile still.
She then gives him a set of instructions on how to safely get off the animal without agitating it even more and thankfully, it works. The heroic man who risked his life to help the handler manages to get out of danger without being harmed.
The worker was injured but is recovering in hospital. Thanks to the guys who jumped into action at the scene, she lives to tell the tale.
After the incident, Scales and Tails gave a shoutout to everyone who helped, writing this: "We want to send a huge shoutout to Donnie Wiseman and Todd & Amy Christopher! We want to thank them for their heroism."
They continued: "Working with some of these animals has inherent risks that we as the staff accept. Yesterday, the sort of event that we hope never happens happened. One of our gator handlers got bitten by our large alligator and things took a bad turn. These gentlemen could have stayed in the safety zone as most of us would, but instead jumped into the situation, of their own volition, and helped secure the alligator. Their help, combined with the training of our staff member, probably saved her life and her limbs. Mrs. Christopher had a nursing background and started first aid prior to the EMT's arrival and we thank her for that as well. Our staff member is doing well and is in recovery."
We wish the handler a speedy recovery and hats off to Donnie and the gang for their quick thinking.