An Illinois man named David Castaneda was kayaking in Lake Michigan when he found a strange creature floating by his boat. David was unsure if it was an inanimate toy or some other creature, so he decided to look closer.

 

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David was heartbroken to find a 4-foot long alligator drifting with its mouth taped shut! He quickly called for 911, but he knew that the distressed and defenseless alligator was living on borrowed time.

That’s when David decided to attempt a daring and dangerous rescue of the dying alligator. He lured the alligator and hooked him in, then slowly brought him into the boat, trying his best not to scare the terrified reptile.

 

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When animal control officers arrived, they were glad that David rescued the alligator as the creature didn’t look in good shape at all. The alligator was too thin and was drifting for a long time. The freezing water wasn’t his ideal habitat either.

 

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The alligator was kept in a controlled environment with heat and warm water. The officers are looking for the owner who dumped the alligator in this state. Meanwhile, people are hailing David as a hero for his brave and quick thinking rescue of the poor gator!

Click the video below to watch how David managed to save the alligator just in the nick of time!