Boy bitten by gator talks about how he survived the attack

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ORLANDO, Fla. - We're hearing from a 9-year-old boy who survived a gator attack in St. Cloud, Fla.

James Barney told news crews how he fought off the alligator after it bit him in a lake Thursday.

Barney is still recovering from surgery, but was able to hold a news conference from his hospital bed.

He told reporters he jumped in the lake to cool off, felt a tug, thought one of his friends was messing with him, then realized he was fighting an alligator.

"I felt it's 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 it's jaw open a little," said Barney.

Doctors found an alligator tooth in his back.

Wildlife investigators want to use that tooth to make sure they have the right gator when it's caught.


Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.