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10 year old Girl Survives Alligator Attack by Prying Open Animal’s Mouth to free Herself (Photos)

A courageous 10-year-old girl pried open an alligator’s mouth, freeing herself after being attacked while standing in shallow lake waters at a Florida park.

Officials of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claim the child was sitting in two-feet-deep water around 3 p.m. Saturday when the alligator approached and sunk its teeth into her leg at least seven times.

Her family and a lifeguard were nearby, and came to help when they heard her scream for help, WKMG-TV reports.

Park workers successfully captured the 8-foot, 9-inch alligator shortly after the child pried open the gator’s mouth. The reptile was later euthanized,NY Daily news reports.

The child was transported to the Nemours Children’s Hospital but later released. She is said to be suffering from minor injuries.