- A 10-year-old girl has shared how she fought off an alligator
- While the beast was biting her leg, she stuck fingers up its nostrils
- This forced it to release its grip because it had to breath through its mouth
A 10-year-old girl in Florida, US, has shared how she bravely fought off an alligator that had grabbed its left leg.
Juliana Ossa said she was swimming in the Mary Jane Lake in Florida when the alligator bit her leg on Saturday, May 6.
She told a local news outlet that she stuck her fingers up the alligator's nostrils to force it to breath through its mouth, thereby releasing its grip on her leg. She was then able to quickly get away.
She said she employed this tactic after the first one, hitting the alligator's head, failed. Juliana added that she recalled these tactics from lessons she was taught at the Gatorland alligator park.
She said: "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."
Gatorland spokesman, Tim Williams, praised her: "At 10 years old, to have that much wherewithal to do what she did is incredible. We are so proud of her that she got out of there with as little damage as she got."
Juliana's screams alerted lifeguards who also helped her get away. She received several stitches on her leg but is recovering well and is able to walk.
Watch brave Juliana narrate her experience in the video below.