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10-year-old girl pried open jaws of gator during attack at Orange County park, records show

Orlando Sentinel logoOrlando Sentinel 8/05/2017 Christal Hayes
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The 10-year-old attacked by an alligator at an Orange County park on Saturday was able to get free after prying open the reptile's jaws, records show.

The girl was sitting down in 2-foot-deep water in a designated swimming area at Moss Park about 2:30 p.m. when the 8-foot, 9-inch gator attacked her, according to a report by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The girl was in Lake Mary Jane with four family members, who were also in the water about 10 feet away, an accident report shows.

The gator bit the girl's calf and knee, but she was able to pry open its jaws to get her leg free, the report states.

An alligator is seen in a swamp in Florida. © Holcy/iStockphoto/Getty Images An alligator is seen in a swamp in Florida.

FWC says a lifeguard was on duty during the incident and assisted.

The girl was treated by staff before family members drove her to Nemours Children's Hospital for treatment.

Her injuries were not life-threatening.

The suspected gator was trapped shortly after the incident.

The park's waterfront area will be closed this week out of "an abundance of caution," said Matt Suedmeyer, the manager of Orange County Parks and Recreation.

Officials will meet with FWC after a review of the area is conducted.

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