74-year-old woman fights off alligator to save her golden retriever

Many people would do anything for their beloved pets, even if it means putting themselves in danger. Time and time again we’ve seen stories of everyday pet owners putting themselves in harm’s way if it means saving the lives of their friends (and pets do the same for their owners).

Like a 74-year-old woman who took on an alligator to save her beloved golden retriever.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Suzan Marciano, of Boca Raton, Florida, was walking her dog Nalu near a lake on the night of August 24.


After playing fetch, the two were enjoying the lake, with the golden retriever up to his chest in the water. But Suzan remembers that her “heart dropped” when she saw a dark spot in the water coming towards her dog.

He was an alligator, over six feet long, and in an instant he had Nalu in his jaws.

Without thinking, the old lady sprang into action to free the dog from her. “I did the only thing I could do. I fell on the alligator with my full weight,” she told the Palm Beach Post.

The alligator released Nalu, but soon turned its attention from her to Suzan, biting her hand. “It was all a big blur. He was in such a state of shock. I didn’t feel any pain,” she recalls.

Both Suzan and Nalu survived the ordeal, but both had puncture wounds that required hospital visits. Suzan received five stitches to her hand and Nalu underwent two-hour surgery for injuries to her stomach and thigh.

Both were also “traumatised” by the ordeal, and Suzan says she was afraid to go back to the park for weeks: “I kept seeing the shadow with two eyes looking up from out of the water. That image just kept coming back to me,” she told the Palm Beach Post.

According to the Post, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission investigated the site in response to the incident, but was unable to find any alligators in the lake. A spokesman said his program “proactively addresses alligator threats.”

What a terrifying incident. While both Suzan and Nalu had some injuries and trauma, we’re glad they survived the ordeal. This shows how fearless pet owners can be when their dogs are in danger.