FWC: 10-Year Old Girl Pries Open Alligator’s Jaws To Free Herself at Orlando-Area Park
By Space Coast Daily // May 9, 2017
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ABOVE VIDEO: A 10-year-old Florida girl who was attacked by an alligator while she sat in shallow water pried open the sharp-toothed reptile’s mouth to set herself free. (Fox News video)
(FOXNEWS.COM) – A young girl’s quick thinking may have saved her life.
The 10-year-old Florida girl who was attacked by an alligator while she sat in shallow water pried open the sharp-toothed reptile’s mouth to set herself free, according to records detailing the frightening encounter.
The girl was in a designated swimming area of an Orlando-area park at about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Suddenly, an 8-foot-9-inch alligator lunged at her leg, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Instead of panicking, she grabbed the gator and pried open its mouth to set her leg free.
The girl was with four family members when the attack occurred, the report said. A lifeguard was on duty.
Officials from Florida Fish and Wildlife were able to find the gator and kill it. Doctors at a nearby hospital treated and released the girl.
Matt Suedmeyer, manager of the Orange County Parks & Recreation Division, said the waterfront at Moss Park, where the attack happened, will be temporary closed to the public “out of an abundance of caution.”
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