A little girl found out the hard way that there is something to be afraid of when it comes to water.
This 10-year old girl was out swimming in Moss Park on Saturday afternoon, trying to enjoy a day at the lake with her family.
Unfortunately, Florida’s most dangerous natural predator was out too. She was bitten on the leg by an alligator.
Her parents quickly rushed her to the hospital where she was treated and released shortly after.
Florida Fish and wildlife officials, in coordination with the Orange County Parks and recreation division, were able to identify the culprit as an alligator, who was then tracked down and euthanized after the incident.
The area where the incident occurred will be off-limits for the next week in an attempt to be extra cautious.
Matt Suedmeyer, Manager of Orange County Parks & Recreation Division, released this statement: “Today at Moss Park’s lakefront beach, a child was bitten on the leg by an 8-foot-9-inch alligator and taken to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Florida Fish & Wildlife came to the park and captured the alligator. In an abundance of caution, the waterfront will be off-limits to the public for the next week while Florida Fish & Wildlife conduct a review and until Orange County Parks & Recreation Division can meet with the agency to review the situation before making any decisions on opening the waterfront.” A 10-year-old girl swimming in a lake in Moss Park was bitten on the leg by an alligator Saturday afternoon, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife officials and the Orange County Parks and Recreation Division.
Officials say the girl was swimming in the lake at around 3 p.m. when she was bitten on the leg by a gator. WC officials say they were able to track the gator down and euthanize it. As for the 10-year-old girl, investigators say she was taken to the hospital by her parents and was released soon after.