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05.08.2017

INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE: TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO BRAVELY FOUGHT OFF ALLIGATOR EXPLAINS HOW SHE KNEW WHAT TO DO TO SURVIVE

INSIDE EDITION EXCLUSIVE:

TEN-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO BRAVELY FOUGHT OFF ALLIGATOR EXPLAINS HOW SHE KNEW WHAT TO DO TO SURVIVE

 

I put my two fingers in its nostrils. It couldn’t breathe so it had to open its mouth, and it let my leg out.”

 

 

AIRDATE: MONDAY, MAY 8th 

 

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New York, NY — May 8, 2017 – INSIDE EDITION’s Les Trent exclusively speaks with ten-year-old Juliana Ossa, who bravely fought off an alligator who attacked her while she was wading in shallow lake water in Orlando, Fla. The incident happened on Saturday at Mary Jane Lake, about 26 miles from Disney World.

 

There was a mean, 9-foot alligator in the water biting my leg,” she explains. “I tried hitting it to let it release me, but it didn’t work.”

 

Amazingly, Juliana knew what to do to save her life after the gator got a hold of her leg. “I thought of what they taught me at Gatorland, so I put my two fingers in its nostrils. It couldn’t breathe so it had to breathe through its mouth and open its mouth, and it let me leg out,” Juliana tells INSIDE EDITION.

 

Juliana had to get ten stitches on her leg and is recovering. 

 

Gatorland is a theme park and wildlife preserve in Orlando. A representative for the park tells INSIDE EDITION, “Ten-years-old to do what she did, to have that much wherewithal to do what she did, that is incredible. We are so proud of her that she was able to get out of there with as little bit of damage as she got.”

 

For INSIDE EDITION’s full report, tune in on Monday, May 8th. For stations and times in your area, check local listings at www.insideedition.com.

 

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