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Girl, 10, pries open 9-foot alligator's mouth to free her leg

By Ben Hooper
Girl, 10, pries open 9-foot alligator's mouth to free her leg
This alligator was captured in a Florida lake after biting a 10-year-old girl on the leg. Screenshot: WFTV

May 8 (UPI) -- A 10-year-old Florida girl pried open the jaws of a 9-foot alligator that latched onto her leg while she was swimming, investigators said.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's report of the Saturday incident said the girl and four family members were among about a dozen people swimming in Lake Mary Jane at Moss Park in Orange County when an alligator attacked about 2:30 p.m.

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The alligator bit down on the girl's calf and knee, but she was able to get free by prying its jaws open, the report said.

A lifeguard on duty assisted the girl and her injuries, which were described as non-life-threatening, were treated at the scene before her family drove her to Nemours Children's Hospital.

The alligator believed to be behind the attack was trapped shortly after the incident, but Matt Suedmeyer, the manager of Orange County Parks and Recreation, told the Orlando Sentinel the waterfront will remain closed this week out of "an abundance of caution."

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