Lindsay Bull found herself in a difficult situation when an alligator called Darth Gator attacked her at her job and bit into her arm. Luckily, a bystander named Donnie Wiseman was able to save her from the attack!
The attack happened at Scales and Tails, a company in Salt Lake City, Utah that offers fun, family-friendly presentations about different types of reptiles. The company has alligators, turtles, snakes, and lizards.
The incident took place during a 5-year-old’s birthday party when employee Lindsay Bull was going into an alligator cage to feed the creature. Darth Gator, an 8-foot, 150-pound alligator, tried to escape his cage. When Bull pushed him back he bit down on her arm and pulled her into the water.
“And that’s when I realized, OK, this is gonna be serious,” Bull told the Today show — calling Wiseman “a hero.” She said that when the alligator started moving and thrashing she knew she had to move with the reptile or risk getting her arm torn off.
When the alligator bit down on Lindsay Bull, Wiseman ran into the cage and climbed on top of the animal to stop it from thrashing around. By controlling Darth Gator’s movements, other parents were able to help Lindsay Bull remove her arm from the gator’s mouth.
“It took everybody a second to realize what was going on and I saw it happen and I was like ‘What do you want me to do? What do you want me to do?’ and I see him rolling and I was like oh,” Wiseman said about the incident.
The entire event was captured on video by Wiseman’s wife and has since gone viral online. People are praising Donnie Wiseman for his bravery and quick thinking.
Lindsay Bull was rushed to the hospital for surgery, and doctors believe that she will be able to recover full movement in her arm after the operation.
Scales and Tails released a statement praising the amazing bravery of Donnie Wiseman and the other parents who ran to help Bull. “These gentlemen could have stayed in the safety zone as most of us would, but instead jumped into the situation, of their own volition, and helped secure the alligator,” the company said in a statement. “Their help, combined with the training of our staff member, probably saved her life and her limbs.”
Many people are wondering why Scales and Tails didn’t have any safety measures put in place for handlers. Owner Shane Richins said that the company usually has a strict policy about having another handler present when one of them is going into a reptile cage, but that it hasn’t been followed in recent years.
The Scales and Tails company says that after this incident the company will go back to the policy of two handlers when a handler enters a reptile cage. The company’s policy will also include extra safety for when a handler is not in the cage but just interacting with the creature.