ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS) — A 10-year-old girl in Florida is in the hospital after an alligator bit her leg.

But get this — she was able to force the alligator’s mouth open and free herself.

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The attack happened on Saturday near Orlando. The girl was in a park in shallow water.

That’s when an eight-foot-alligator bit her in the knee and calf.

A man who was nearby heard her screams.

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She freed herself by poking the alligator in the nose and then she pried open the gator’s mouth and took her leg out.

She learned those techniques while visiting a Florida theme park called Gatorland.

She is now recovering from the puncture wounds to her lower thigh and knee.