James Barney, A 9-year-old Florida boy fought a 9-foot alligator this week. He took a swim in a restricted area of a lake in Osceola County Thursday, which turned into a dangerous dip. The gator approached him and bit him several times. Witnesses say the gator was 9 feet long, and about 500 pounds! 
From his hospital bed, he says the experience amazed him, he thought someone was just playing with him and he didn't know what happened. "I reached down to grab it, and I felt its jaw, I felt its teeth, and I didn't know what to do, so I immediately reacted and hit it a couple times." Barney Says 
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Barney suffered "three superficial bites, mostly on his buttocks, and about 30 teeth marks and claw scratches on his back, stomach and legs."
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