A Florida teenage boy was bitten by an alligator Tuesday near a Winter Springs creek. 13 year-old Florida teen Gabriel Klimis called 911 and told the dispatcher, “I just got bit by a gator.” He went on to say, “I’m OK though. I can walk and I can stand. I’m fine, it just stings a little, but I’m good.”
According to clickorlando.com, Klimis said he was bitten in the right hip while walking along the bank at Howell Creek Trestle in central Florida. Seminole County Fire Department officials said their agency received the call, but Oviedo Fire took Klimis to a hospital.
A Winter Springs police report noted that Klimis said that he was swimming in the creek with friends, but they decided to get out of the water due to a storm coming in. He told police that they were walking along the bank of the creek when the gator “suddenly jumped out of the water and bit him.”
Klimis told News 6 in Orlando that he felt a tug and knew what it was from the start. He said he slapped the water and tried to push the alligator off of him. The quick-thinking boy said he then grabbed a stick to help pry his way out of the gator’s jaws. The alligator then swam away and the teen was able to get out of the creek and call 911. When the operator asked about his wound, Klimis said it was “not bleeding too bad, but my skin’s like open pretty good.”
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Klimis probably just became the most admired and popular student at whatever school he goes to after being attacked by an alligator and walking away from it.