Gator attacks 9-year-old in Osceola County

St. Cloud, Florida (WKMG) -- A young boy who took a break from riding his bicycle for a swim in a lake Thursday was attacked by a 9-foot alligator.

The 9-year-old boy was attacked about 2:20 p.m. near Lakeshore Boulevard on East Lake Tohopekaliga in St. Cloud, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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Wildlife officials say the boy was in a nonswimming area.

Paramedics reported three superficial bites on the boy's upper body, according wildlife officials. He was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

The city of St. Cloud later said they are closing its lakefront swimming areas until further notice.

An alligator trapper on the scene caught a gator just after 7 p.m.

In Florida, there is no shortage of gator stories:


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