ORLANDO, Fla. — An alligator bit a 10-year-old girl on the leg as she sat in shallow lake waters at a Florida park, authorities said.
The girl was with her family at Moss Park in Orange County when she was bitten Saturday, said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Chad Weber.
Weber said she was sitting in water roughly 2 feet deep when the 8-foot-9-inch gator bit her on her knee and calf.
“She had puncture wounds but I don’t think they’re life threatening,” Weber told the Orlando Sentinel.
The girl was able to pry the alligator’s mouth open to remove her leg before further injury could occur, according to the incident report, CBS affiliate WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida, reports.
Her family took her to a hospital for treatment. Authorities trapped the alligator.
Orange County Parks and Recreation manager Matt Suedmeyer said the park’s waterfront areas were closed to swimmers for safety until further notice.
“The lifeguard said that they heard the scream, and then they saw the child jumping and running,” Suedmeyer said according to WKMG.
“While they are on the stand, they are just to scan the water, the swimming area, for any life-threatening, dangerous situations,” he added about the lifeguards.
The Sentinel reported that a triathlete swimming in another lake flanking the park survived several bites from an alligator in 2010.
There have been 388 alligator bites on people in Florida since 1948, including 24 fatalities, according to the wildlife commission.