While swimming with her family at Moss Park in Orlando, Florida, a 10-year-old girl escaped an alligator attack. She was sitting in two-foot deep water in a designated swimming area in Lake Mary Jane when the gator bit her.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the reptile was 8-feet, 9-inches long. But this amazing child was able to fight back with her own hands and pry the gator’s jaws open to free her leg. She saved herself!
After being bitten on her calf and knee, she was treated by the the lifeguard on duty, and then taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The “Orlando Sentinel” reports that the gator was trapped after the attack and the Orange County Parks and Recreation manager Matt Suedmeyer says the waterfront section will be closed for the week for “an abundance of caution.”