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10-year-old girl pokes alligator's nose, survives attack

FILE - An alligator. (craigles75 / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

ORLANDO, Fla. (KOMO) - A 10-year-old girl was bitten by an alligator on Saturday and survived the attack by poking the reptile in its nostrils.

The girl was standing in 2 feet of water at an Orange County park when the alligator attacked, biting her in the leg, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said.

After the 8-foot-9 gator clamped down, the girl poked her fingers into its nostrils and pried its mouth open, incident reports state. Her family and a lifeguard came to her rescue.

The girl needed stitches but is already at home recovering.

She credits her escape from a technique she learned on a past trip to Gatorland, a gator-themed park, according to ABC News.

Authorities at the park later captured the alligator and euthanized it.

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