A Really Pathetic Alligator Lost A Fight With This 9-Year-Old Boy

One of the risks of living in Florida is that everything in the state wants to kill you. Whether it’s because of hurricanes, sinkholes, booty rappers, or a high-speed car chase, the Sunshine State just isn’t a safe place. That raises another point. Too much sun can be deadly too.

Now we can add dinosaurs to that list. A 9-year-old Florida boy found this out firsthand when he went toe-to-toe with a 9-foot alligator, and won.

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James Barney Jr. decided to swim in a restricted area of a lake in Osceola County when the humongous gator approached him and began biting.

“It really amazed me what happened,” said Barney. “At first, I thought someone was just playing with me, and I didn’t know what happened. I reached down to grab it, and I felt its jaw, I felt its teeth, and I didn’t know what to do, so I immediately reacted and hit it a couple times.”

He must have landed a good one because he was able to free himself from the gator, having suffered three superficial bites on his butt, as well as scratches and teeth marks all up his back, stomach, and legs.

Swimming and boating at the lake have been temporarily banned while wildlife officials attempt to trap and relocate the gator, which is currently hiding like a pussy. The area will remain closed to the public until further notice while traps are set and Fish and Wildlife officials bait the lake with other 9-year olds.

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As of now, it is not believed that the assistance of Mega Python will be needed. (Source)