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An alligator swims in a canal in Coopertown, the Everglades, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

A 10-year-old in Florida pried open an alligator's mouth to escape


A 10-year-old in Orlando, Florida, escaped an alligator attack Saturday afternoon by prying the animal's mouth open to free her leg, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission told ABC News.

The girl was sitting in shallow lake waters at Moss Park in Orange County when the gator bit her knee and calf, according to Chad Weber, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“She had puncture wounds but I don’t think they’re life threatening,” Weber told the Orlando Sentinel

Family members, who were close by when she was bitten, took her to a nearby children's hospital for treatment. She has since been released, ABC News reports. 

The gator was later caught and removed by a trapper.

As a safety precaution, the park's waterfront area will be closed off to the public for a week, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission noted in 2016 that there have been 388 alligator attacks statewide since 1948. Twenty-four of the 263 major documented cases were fatal attacks. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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