A man jumps into a pond and fights an alligator to protect his dog.

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Mike McCoy, 62, claims to have been guided by paternal instinct and, fortunately, could save his dog.

A man and his dog are recovering after a collision with an alligator that almost killed the canine.

The attack happened last Tuesday morning when Mike McCoy was walking with his friend and his dog in Holiday County, Florida (USA). Out of nowhere, a fisherman came out of the pond and grabbed his eight-month-old dog, Jake, an 8-month-old chocolate lab.

According to McCoy, the "death cry" that his pet made alerted him to the attack, and without much thought, his instinct led him to the pond where the alligator was to save his dog.

McCoy said he knew he had to act fast once he realized that the alligator had his dog. The whole ordeal, he said, lasted only a few minutes.

"So I put my thumb in his eye ... I raised him so he couldn't get anywhere, and he finally released my dog," he explained to local media. "And before he goes swimming, he pinches me with a bite on my hand. And that was it."

The 62-year-old said he had never thought twice about going after Aligator

Without thinking twice. You can not. You don't have time, "he said. "It is a parental instinct. But I'm glad I had it because I wouldn't have it. "

Officials with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed that they were contacted by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office around 8:30 a.m. on May 11 regarding an alligator bite incident. They said they would coordinate with a hired "nuisance crocodile" hunter.

This Thursday, the hunter caught the animal, according to local media.

McCoy was happy to see how close the school was to the fish.

"I think they put us there for some reason," he said. So maybe God wants me there with him, the problem solved?

McCoy is happy that he and his dog are doing well.

We could have been worse. That means I don't have any damage to the tendon [or] broken bones. It has no broken bones in the vital organs.