Boy Survives Alligator Attack with Help of Good Samaritan

Melissa Knowles
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When you're a kid, getting a day off from school is so exciting. If you're lucky, you get to sleep in a bit, watch cartoons, and play video games. It's basically a day of leisure and fun. Unfortunately, that was not the case for one little boy in Florida.

As 6-year-old Joey Welch and his dad were preparing for a canoe trip in Boynton Beach, Joey stumbled into shallow water, where an 8-foot-long, 200-pound alligator quickly clamped down on his arm.

Joey's father, Joseph, sprang into action, jumping into the water and doing whatever he could to free his son from the jaws of the gator, including punching it on top of its head. He told reporters, "I didn't want to play tug-of-war with the alligator because I didn't want [Joey] to get his arm ripped out."

Joseph screamed for help, and a good Samaritan rushed into the water to help combat the alligator and save little Joey. The man kicked the gator while they tried to free the boy.

Joey was rushed to Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale. There, doctors said it was a miracle that Joey had lived through the experience, did not lose his arm, and only suffered minor scrapes and scratches during the attack.

The alligator was later caught in the shallow waters by animal control officers. Joey is expected to make a full recovery.

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