NYDailyNews A courageous 10-year-old girl pried open an alligator’s mouth, freeing herself after being attacked while standing in shallow lake waters at a Florida park. Officials of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claim the child was sitting in two-feet-deep water around 3 p.m. Saturday when the alligator approached and sunk its teeth into her leg at least seven times. Her family and a lifeguard were nearby, and came to help when they heard her scream for help, WKMG-TV reports. Park workers successfully captured the 8-foot, 9-inch alligator shortly after the child pried open the gator’s mouth. The reptile was later euthanized. The child was transported to the Nemours Children’s Hospital but later released. She is said to be suffering from minor injuries. “She had puncture wounds but I don’t think they’re life threatening,” spokesperson for FWC Chad Weber told the Orlando Sentinal. The waterfront area will be closed off for the remainder of the week for what manager of Orange County Parks and Recreation, Matt Suedmeyer, referred to as “an abundance of caution” matter. “It’s one of the things us Floridians just know. If there’s a body of water, there’s likely to be a gator in it,” Weber added. According to a report by the FWC, 24 people were victim to fatal alligator bites in the state of Florida within the past seven decades.
I find it hard to believe that a ten-year-old girl was able to pry open the jaws of a nearly nine-foot-long alligatorin order to escape an attack, American alligators have the third most powerful bite in the animal kingdom at 2,125psi (trailing only the Nile Crocodile and the Saltwater crocodile), so if this alligator wanted to hang onto this girl’s leg she had no chance of forcing its jaws open to escape. It’s much more likely that the alligator bit the girl’s leg in a case of mistaken identity, and when the girl panicked and began to scream, the confused alligator which was expecting a natural prey source abandoned the attack. Or the alligator briefly adjusted its bite to get a better grip, and in that brief instant, the girl was able to slip away. Parents in Florida need to understand that they have to keep their kids out of all freshwater within the state of Florida, if there is a body of freshwater in Florida, there is almost certainly at least one gator in the water right now. Please stop letting your kids dangle their legs into ponds, to an alligator, the leg of a kid looks like the percent easy meal.
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