A desperate mother watched in horror as alligators surrounded her 15-year-old daughter — and you can hear the panic in a 911 call released by Florida authorities.
As WKMG-TV reports, the teen girl was floating on a raft in Freak Creek when an alligator began encroaching on her. She got her raft to the shoreline with the alligator not far behind, and climbed up a tree for safety. According to a 911 emergency call made by her mother, there was more than one alligator.
“She got in the tree to get out of the water, there’s gators on land and in the water,” the teen girl’s mother said in a 911 call.
“My daughter’s stuck in a frickin’ tree and there’s gators surrounding her.”
A Lake County sheriff’s deputy arrived to the scene to find a large alligator hissing up at the girl from the bottom of the tree she was clinging to.
As the WKMG-TV report notes, alligators are not typically known to eat humans, and tend to hiss as a defensive gesture.
But the girl and her family didn’t want to take any chances. When the teen said she couldn’t hold on to the tree for any longer in order to wait for Lake County Marine Unit, the deputy approached the alligator in an attempt to scare it off.
But the animals didn’t budge. So the deputy reached for his Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle, killing the alligator with a single shot before helping the girl down from the tree.
The report does not indicate that the deputy witnessed any other alligators at the scene.
The girl was not injured.
[Feature image: WKMG-TV video screenshot]