A 10-year-old girl recovering after she was bitten by an alligator at Lake Mary Jane said she is alive because of tips she learned at Gatorland.
Juliana Ossa suffered an injury to the front of her knee and several puncture wounds to the back of her knee and lower thigh when the alligator, which was 8 feet 9 inches long, bit her.
Juliana said she pried the alligator’s mouth open because she remembered what she learned at Gatorland about how sensitive alligators’ noses are.
Juliana said at first she tried hitting it so it would release her leg, but that didn’t work.
“I thought about what they taught me at Gatorland,” Juliana Ossa said. “So I put my two fingers up its nostrils so it had to breathe from its mouth and it let my leg out.”
Officials said the attack happened at 2:32 p.m. at Moss Park. The area was evacuated following the attack.
The brave girl suffered an injury to the front and back of her knee and thigh when the alligator, which was 8 feet 9 inches, bit her. Miraculously, she did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said Ossa was sitting in a designated swim area when the incident took place. A lifeguard on duty said the girl was in the waist-deep water with a dozen people around her when the alligator made its appearance.
“The lifeguard said that they heard the scream, and then they saw the child jumping and running,” said Matt Suedmeyer, manager of the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division.
A person near Ossa pulled her from the water. The girl was taken to Nemours Children’s Hospital for treatment.
Gatorland dean of gator wrestling Tim Williams told WKMG that he was glad to hear Ossa fought back, adding that she did the right thing because if she hadn’t the situation could have turned out a lot worse for her.
The alligator was captured and killed.
Suedmeyer told the Orlando Sentinal that the park’s waterfront area will be closed this week out of “an abundance of caution.”
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