James Barney: Florida boy describes alligator attack

(WESH/CNN NEWSOURCE)  Nine-year-old James Barney, still recovering from surgery, was wheeled into a news conference on a hospital bed, but didn't miss a beat. "It was a pretty big tooth. They said the alligator was about 9 foot."

James survived an alligator attack in east Lake Tohopekaliga in St. Cloud.

James told reporters he jumped into the lake to cool off... felt a tug... thought one of his friends was messing with him...then realized he was fighting an alligator. Fighting to save his young life.

"I felt its jaw, I felt his teeth... I didn't know what to do so I immediately reacted and hit it a couple of times so then it was letting go and finally I had enough strength left to pry its jaw open a little."

His surgeon says they've given James antibiotics; literally pressure washed the wounds and, while in the ER, they found an alligator tooth embedded in his back.

"And they said ‘hey what's this?’ And they pulled out a tooth and showed it to me. And I said ‘oh I want to put it on a necklace.’ "

After the attack gator trappers went to work to try and snag the gator believed to be 9 to 10 feet long.

And when asked if he's going to swim in the lake again James did not mince words.
"Negative."

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