A Florida girl is home today recovering from a gator bite after she and her granddad took a trip to Lost Lake in Leon County to celebrate the start of summer vacation, WCTV reported this week.
Five-year-old Ryanne Gwaltney was swimming at the Lost Lake Recreation Area with her grandfather, Clifford Gregg, when they two took a snack break. It was shortly after that they saw the gator.
It was 20 minutes of waiting and watching before they decided to jump back in.
"I waded out a little bit further, looking around, keeping my eyes open for the alligator. I had stepped 10 or 15 feet away from her when she screamed," Gregg told WCTV.
The grandfather pounded the water with his hands, and when the gator was out of the way, he scooped up his granddaughter, Gregg recalled.
For some, these alligator attacks result in loss of limbs, even death. But for Ryanne, it was 11 stitches.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was able to trap the nearly 7-foot gator the same day the incident happened, WCTV reported.
The FWC recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida, FWC wrote online, and can be found anywhere there is standing water. Reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators, the FWC advises, by swimming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also, keep pets on a leash and away from the water.
Find more alligator resources for kids on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
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