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