9-Year-Old Boy Describes Fighting Off Gator

Boy recounts how he escaped from jaws of an alligator in Florida.
1:44 | 08/09/14

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"Good morning America" and "This week." And next. Where a 9-year-old by encountered a nasty alligator. The alligator nibbled on him and the boy took action. Linzie Janis with the story. Reporter: Tonight 9-year-old James barnie Jr. Is alive and well, thanks to his quick thinking and incredible bravery. I was scared. I didn't know what to do. I immediately hit it and it let go a little. And I got a little bit of space, of clearance, to where I could let go, and I slid myself out. Reporter: James had been riding his bike with friends in St. Cloud, Florida, Thursday afternoon when he decided to take a dip in this lake, in an area off limits to swimmers and known for its gators. At first I thought someone was playing with me. I didn't know what happened. Reporter: This is the roughly 9-foot long, 400-pound alligator that bit James three times and swiped him with his claws. My friend got bit by an alligator. We were swimming and just sitting up here and we heard him screaming. Reporter: James is being treated for 30 bite marks. And they pulled out a tooth and showed it to me. I said, oh, I want to put it on a necklace, so I can tell all my friends. Reporter: Wildlife officials say more than 1.3 alligators roam Florida waters. The reptile that pounced on James, still on the loose. Doctors say if James' wounds don't become infected he should be able to go home Sunday. What a story he'll have to tell when he goes back to school. Amen, amen. Linzie Janis, thank you.

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