Watch 10-Year-Old Girl Describe How She Got Her Leg Out Of An Alligator’s Mouth

Little girl: 1, alligator: 0.

On Saturday, May 6, 10-year-old Juliana Ossa from Florida gave a hungry alligator quite the surprise. While Ossa swam in Florida’s Lake Mary, a nearly 9-foot alligator grabbed her leg in its mouth.

Ossa tried hitting the reptile to make it let go of her leg, but the alligator wouldn’t budge. Instead of panicking, though, the girl remembered something from a trip to a local theme park.

“I thought about what they taught me at Gatorland,” Ossa told WKMG-TV. “So I put my two fingers up its nostrils so it had to breathe from its mouth and it let my leg out.”

Wow! Not sure we’d be able t0 stay that calm when face-to-face with an alligator!

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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Juliana was attacked in an area officially designated for swimmers. She stood in waist-high water about 30 feet from shore and 10 feet from her family.

‘I Was Scared At First’

Juliana’s step-uncle, Steven Rodriguez, grabbed her out of the water and got her safely to shore, according to NBC News. Lifeguards on duty at the park tended to her knee and thigh wounds until paramedics arrived. They transported her to Nemours Children’s Hospital. Doctors treated Juliana and released her to go home on Monday, May 8.

The paramedics marveled at how calm the girl stayed during the entire ordeal.

“She was a tough little girl,” said Kevin Brito, one of the paramedics who treated Juliana. “She commented that if something is going to attack her, she has to attack back.”

Juliana said she had the situation under control: “I was scared at first,” she told WESH-TV. “But I knew what to do.”

You can see in this video shared by NBC exactly how calm, cool and collected she stayed. Almost like another day at the park:

Gatorland Sends Get-Well Wishes

Upon hearing of the attack, Gatorland Orlando posted well wishes to Juliana on Facebook.

The park also took the opportunity to educate the public on alligator safety tips.

“She did exactly what anyone should do and that’s fight,” said Gatorland dean of gator wresting Tim Williams. “God bless her heart, we’re just so thankful.”

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Twin Sisters Delivered Their Babies On The Same Day

Twins have this uncanny way of sharing things throughout their lives. Fraternal twin sisters, Danielle Grant and Kim Abraham, took sharing to a whole new level when they delivered their new babies on the same day!

A Total Coincidence To Start

The sisters did not intend to start their families at the same time. Fate just seemed to decide for the pair.

“Total coincidence,” Grant told her local New Jersey paper, the Asbury Park Press. “We both wanted babies, but we didn’t think we would get pregnant the same time. This was not planned.”

That didn’t mean the news shocked them when they found out.

“We laughed because we always thought it would happen, and then it actually did,” said Grant. “It’s really cool.”

As their pregnancies progressed, both Grant and Abraham discovered the similarities would just keep coming. At their co-gender reveal party, the sisters happily discovered they would both have boys.

When it came to the actual delivery day, though, the sisters stepped in to make sure the perfect ending would happen, if at all possible.

Moms Give Sons Same Birthday

Even though both moms-to-be had the same due date—April 22—their sons decided to take their time. Ultimately, Grant and Abraham decided they wanted their sons to share the same birthday. So, when they had to pick an induction date, of course they settled on the same day: April 28.

The 32-year-old sisters gave birth separated only by one hospital room. Grant gave birth to eight-pound, 12-ounce Roman at 11:42 a.m. A few hours later, Abraham delivered nine-pound, 12-ounce Aaron at 3:21 p.m.

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What Are The Chances For Twins Sharing Delivery Dates?

Both mom and babies are doing fine. The new moms marvel at the amount of love and support shown from family, friends and even strangers.

“We were like, ‘What are the chances of us actually having them on the same day?'” Abraham told the Today Show. “It’s such a great way to bring a baby into this world. The well wishes and happiness from strangers is just unbelievable.”

How rare is this double birth by twins? A mathematician said the odds of twins giving birth on the same day is about eight in 100,000.

The families plan to throw co-birthday celebrations as the boys get older. And both moms admit they plan to dress the babies alike, even though they are cousins.

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“We’ll dress them in the same outfit,” Grant said to the Asbury Park Press. “We were dressed alike but in different colors growing up, so we’re going to torture them like that, too.”

One-Eyed Horse An Unlikely Kentucky Derby Contender

Every year, it seems like one or two horses take the spotlight in Kentucky Derby coverage. Usually it’s the horse’s speed or breeding that pulls the media’s attention. This year, though, a special horse has captured the public’s attention for a different reason: Patch is missing his left eye.

Patch, like most competitive thoroughbreds, has racing in his blood. His father is 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. The 3-year-old horse has one of the most renowned trainers in the equestrian world: Todd Pletcher.

Yet a track accident early in the horse’s career caused an eye injury that required surgery in June 2016. Veterinarians found “massive inflammation in the globe of the [left] eye” and had to remove it.

After some time in Florida for rehabilitation, his trainer wasn’t sure of how Patch would perform back on the track.

Pletcher, Patch’s owners and racing fans were all a bit surprised, then, to find that his missing eye didn’t seem to slow him down one bit. The horse recently placed second in the Louisiana Derby, thereby qualifying him for one of the most famous races in the world.

“It’s a credit to him and his professionalism that he was able to adapt so seamlessly to it,” Pletcher said to the Courier Journal. “I was concerned that it might compromise his ability in some way or the way he carried himself. I guess you don’t know for sure, but it certainly doesn’t seem like it has.”

Also, in a video interview, Pletcher talked about Patch and how the horse’s disability hasn’t limited his success on the track—and that he did anticipate Patch would become a fan favorite in this year’s race.

Patch’s Personality Captivates Visitors

Patch’s story and personality certainly have captured the hearts and attention of the public.

Patch even has an unofficial Twitter account in his honor. Fans can get daily updates of preparations leading up to the Derby, which will take place Saturday, May 6.