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227. Shark Punched to Save Dog

226. Dogs and Wild Deer
228. Roadside Fawn Rescue


Sept 20, 2008. In the Florida Keys a man punched a shark in the face when it tried to eat his dog, Jake. The terrier got into trouble during his daily swim off a pier, when a 5 foot long shark lunged and caught him in its teeth. His owner, carpenter Greg LeNoir, leapt into the ocean on top of the shark.

"I clenched my fists and dove straight in with all my strength, like a battering ram," LeNoir, 53, said Sunday, reliving the frightening ordeal. "I hit the back of the shark's neck. It was like hitting concrete."

LeNoir explains his reaction:

"The shark put almost all of Jake in his mouth, except for his head and three of his legs. We have no children. Jake became our child. When I saw the shark engulf him, I thought, "This can't be the end.--"
Against all likelihood, both Greg and his dog Jake made it to shore alive after Greg punched the shark. The terrier did have to get surgery for the giant bite mark the shark left on him, which extended around his chest, back and legs, but he is reported to be healing well. So that officially makes it OK now to laugh at how he looks in his tiny doggy leg cast and I.V.

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