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Beastie Bonds


Loyalty is a Two-Way Street

Apr 15, 2023

So far in the show, we've heard amazing stories of how animals help keep us humans safe, by detecting illnesses, tracking missing people. But in today's story, the tables are turned.  What happens when humans have to keep their beasties safe? 

In the sunshine state of Florida, there are over a million alligators. They say anywhere there's water, there's an alligator in it: ponds, lakes, rivers, marshes, swamps, and man-made canals. They're found in all of Florida 67 counties. Alligators have one of the strongest bite forces in the entire animal kingdom next to the Nile crocodile and the great white shark. Alligators maintain a bite strength of over 2100 PSI, which is about 300 pounds per square inch! They have among the most powerful jaws on the planet. 

Richard "Rick" Wilbanks and his dog, a Cavelier King Charles spaniel named Gunner, live in Estero, Florida. When Gunner was just a puppy, Rick took him for a walk near his house on a beautiful fall day. But on this day, their walk was anything but typical.

See the amazing footage of Rick, Gunner and the alligator here!

Beastie Bonds Theme:

King James by Ghost Beatz, Podcastle.ai Royalty-free Library

 

Episode Theme Music includes:

Caravan Macabre by Wicked Cinema, Podcastle.ai Royalty-free Library

Sources for this episode include:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/11/24/florida-man-saves-puppy-from-alligator-jaws-shares-update-dog/6404437002/

https://www.keywestaquarium.com/ultimate-guide-alligators

https://www.wtsp.com/article/life/animals/living-among-alligators-florida-facts-safety/67-b462cb35-0ece-4d86-8d88-5eee11ebb29c