An alligator bit a teenager visiting Florida’s everglades, according to officials who said she suffered injuries to her leg.
The 18-year-old was swimming in water at the Everglades National Park—the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S.—at around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, when the reptile bit her. She was on a wet hike with her college group which was being led by their professor, the Everglades National Park said on Twitter. The animal left her with two puncture wounds on her lower right leg.
National Park Service Rangers and Miami Dade Fire and Rescue were called to the scene. The authorities told national park officials the teenager was calm following her ordeal, and was “not experiencing much pain.”
At approximately 1:30 pm today, an 18-year-old female was bitten by an alligator in Everglades National Park and sustained two puncture wounds to her lower right leg. We are very grateful that her injuries were not more severe. pic.twitter.com/o64C83o15b
— Everglades National Park (@EvergladesNPS) January 10, 2020