A 10-year-old girl in Orlando, Florida, pried open an alligator's mouth to free her leg after the animal clamped down on her left knee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said.
On Saturday afternoon the girl was swimming in a designated swim area of Lake Mary Jane, in water that was about two feet deep and 10 feet from shore, when an 8-foot-9-inch-long alligator bit her.
She was able to pry open the gator's mouth and remove her leg but sustained several puncture wounds to the back of her knee and lower thigh; she has since been released from the hospital.
There were four other members of her party, standing approximately 30 feet from the shore when she was bitten, officials said, she was treated by lifeguards and rushed by family to a children’s hospital.
The Florida Wildlife Commission says on its website that some gators in the region can grow to be 14 feet long and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.
The alligator has been caught and removed, and the lake is closed for swimming.