Paying attention has paid off, big-time, for a ten year-old Florida girl who was attacked by an alligator last weekend.
Juliana Ossa and about a dozen others were swimming in shallow water when the nine foot-long gator attacked, biting her leg. She punched it in the nose, and then remembered what she had been told in a recent trip to Gatorland near Orlando.
“I used what they taught me at Gatorland, so I put my two fingers up its nostrils and it couldn’t breath and had to breath from its mouth and then let my leg out. The gator didn’t do anything because he was too busy biting my leg and too busy with his claws in the sand. He didn’t have any attack moves to take out my fingers,” she said.
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 9, 2017
Juliana was rushed to Nemours Children’s Hospital, treated for multiple lacerations to her leg and knee. Several days later she was was released from hospital; meanwhile the alligator was captured and euthanized. The swimming area is currently closed to the public.
A ten year old girl escaped an alligator attack by prying open the jaws of the 8ft 9in long gator. So…yes. Always fight like a girl. https://t.co/E4wNKdWNTt
— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) May 8, 2017