Girl, 10, pried open jaws of gator to free herself during attack at Florida park

ORLANDO, FL (WCMH) — A 10-year-old girl is recovering after surviving an alligator attack at a Florida park.

An alligator bit the 10-year-old girl on the leg as she sat in shallow water in Lake Mary Jane Saturday at Orange County’s Moss Park, wildlife officials told NBC affiliate WESH-TV.

The girl was sitting in water roughly 2 feet deep when the 9-foot gator bit her on her knee and calf. The girl started screaming for help, but she was able to pry open its jaws to get her leg free, a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states.

A lifeguard was on duty during the incident and assisted the girl after she was heard screaming for help. The girl suffered puncture wounds that didn’t appear to be life-threatening.

Authorities later trapped the alligator and have closed the park for the rest of this week out of “an abundance of caution.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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