Father threw 4-year-old daughter over the fence to rescue her after a 30-foot 600-pound alligator swam towards her
Father, 40, threw his four-year-old daughter over a fence to rescue her after a 30-foot, 600-pound alligator approached her while she and her brother and babysitter were fishing for crabs in the canal behind their house
- Andrew Grande of League City, Texas, was in the backyard of his home on July 24
- His two young children were fishing and catching crabs from a nearby creek
- Grande then saw an almost 12ft long alligator swimming towards daughter, 4
- He sprinted to daughter and threw her and babysitter over the fence
- Grande then called animal control, which removed a 600-pound animal
A father heroically ducked in to rescue his four-year-old daughter and her babysitter by throwing them over a fence and into their backyard, just before a nearly 12ft tall alligator could scoop out at them while swimming in a creek in Texas.
Andrew Grande, 40, was in the backyard of his League City home on July 24, while his daughter, Brandalyn Grande, her brother and their babysitter, Robin Randolph, were fishing and catching crabs from a creek next to their house .
While the children were playing, their father saw an alligator bobbing his head above and below the water as he swam suspiciously in their direction.
Gator sightings are not uncommon in that creek, but it was different. While the animals normally swam by without incident, it seemed to focus his gaze on Brandalyn.
Andrew Grande (right) rescued his four-year-old daughter, Brandalyn (left), by sprinting at her and throwing her over the fence when a 12-inch alligator approached her and less than 30 feet away from her. their home was in League City, Texas
Brandalyn and her brother were fishing and catching crabs from a creek next to their house on July 24
Then Grande saw an unusually large alligator swimming suspiciously towards his daughter
Grande managed to get his daughter and her babysitter, Robin Randolph (pictured above) to safety
“He went straight for her, no doubt he went there,” said the father KPRC-TV.
The alligator “came straight to the shot and sank down again,” said Grande.
The concerned father said that when he looked up, the alligator was “within ten meters of her.”
Then he sprinted to Brandalyn and Randolph.
“(The alligator) made a bee line for us,” Randolph said.
Andrew had knocked me against the gate. Picked up Bambi and threw her over the fence. ‘
Grande thought there was a chance that the alligator would devour his daughter as prey.
“I don’t know if he would do anything. But I wouldn’t take that chance, “said Grande.
Grande then called animal control. The alligator was then removed from the creek
It took several people over three hours and several pieces of plywood to lift the nearly 600-pound alligator out of the water
The alligator was brought to Gator County, an open-air alligator habitat and park, in nearby Beaumont, Texas
After Grande brought his daughter and the babysitter to safety, Grande called animal control.
The alligator retreated for about half an hour and then circled back to the house several times.
“It was so big that if it had jumped out, it would have just broken the gate, it was just that heavy,” said Grande.
The alligator was a massive – 11ft 7in and weighed almost 600 pounds.
Video on cell phone shows an alligator hunter tying a rope around the alligator’s head.
It then took about three hours for the animal control to pull the alligator out of the water. They had to use several plywood plates to pull the animal while the mouth was glued shut.
Animal protection took the alligator to Gator Country, an open-air park in nearby Beaumont, Texas.
Grande said he hopes to visit the family sometime in the future.
“Good place where they were happy and we look forward to visiting him someday,” said Grande.