Watch 10-Year-Old Girl Describe How She Got Her Leg Out Of An Alligator’s Mouth

Little girl: 1, alligator: 0.

On Saturday, May 6, 10-year-old Juliana Ossa from Florida gave a hungry alligator quite the surprise. While Ossa swam in Florida’s Lake Mary, a nearly 9-foot alligator grabbed her leg in its mouth.

Ossa tried hitting the reptile to make it let go of her leg, but the alligator wouldn’t budge. Instead of panicking, though, the girl remembered something from a trip to a local theme park.

“I thought about what they taught me at Gatorland,” Ossa told WKMG-TV. “So I put my two fingers up its nostrils so it had to breathe from its mouth and it let my leg out.”

Wow! Not sure we’d be able t0 stay that calm when face-to-face with an alligator!

Fatal Alligator Attacks Set New Record In Florida
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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Juliana was attacked in an area officially designated for swimmers. She stood in waist-high water about 30 feet from shore and 10 feet from her family.

‘I Was Scared At First’

Juliana’s step-uncle, Steven Rodriguez, grabbed her out of the water and got her safely to shore, according to NBC News. Lifeguards on duty at the park tended to her knee and thigh wounds until paramedics arrived. They transported her to Nemours Children’s Hospital. Doctors treated Juliana and released her to go home on Monday, May 8.

The paramedics marveled at how calm the girl stayed during the entire ordeal.

“She was a tough little girl,” said Kevin Brito, one of the paramedics who treated Juliana. “She commented that if something is going to attack her, she has to attack back.”

Juliana said she had the situation under control: “I was scared at first,” she told WESH-TV. “But I knew what to do.”

You can see in this video shared by NBC exactly how calm, cool and collected she stayed. Almost like another day at the park:

Gatorland Sends Get-Well Wishes

Upon hearing of the attack, Gatorland Orlando posted well wishes to Juliana on Facebook.

The park also took the opportunity to educate the public on alligator safety tips.

“She did exactly what anyone should do and that’s fight,” said Gatorland dean of gator wresting Tim Williams. “God bless her heart, we’re just so thankful.”

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Twin Sisters Delivered Their Babies On The Same Day

Twins have this uncanny way of sharing things throughout their lives. Fraternal twin sisters, Danielle Grant and Kim Abraham, took sharing to a whole new level when they delivered their new babies on the same day!

A Total Coincidence To Start

The sisters did not intend to start their families at the same time. Fate just seemed to decide for the pair.

“Total coincidence,” Grant told her local New Jersey paper, the Asbury Park Press. “We both wanted babies, but we didn’t think we would get pregnant the same time. This was not planned.”

That didn’t mean the news shocked them when they found out.

“We laughed because we always thought it would happen, and then it actually did,” said Grant. “It’s really cool.”

As their pregnancies progressed, both Grant and Abraham discovered the similarities would just keep coming. At their co-gender reveal party, the sisters happily discovered they would both have boys.

When it came to the actual delivery day, though, the sisters stepped in to make sure the perfect ending would happen, if at all possible.

Moms Give Sons Same Birthday

Even though both moms-to-be had the same due date—April 22—their sons decided to take their time. Ultimately, Grant and Abraham decided they wanted their sons to share the same birthday. So, when they had to pick an induction date, of course they settled on the same day: April 28.

The 32-year-old sisters gave birth separated only by one hospital room. Grant gave birth to eight-pound, 12-ounce Roman at 11:42 a.m. A few hours later, Abraham delivered nine-pound, 12-ounce Aaron at 3:21 p.m.

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What Are The Chances For Twins Sharing Delivery Dates?

Both mom and babies are doing fine. The new moms marvel at the amount of love and support shown from family, friends and even strangers.

“We were like, ‘What are the chances of us actually having them on the same day?'” Abraham told the Today Show. “It’s such a great way to bring a baby into this world. The well wishes and happiness from strangers is just unbelievable.”

How rare is this double birth by twins? A mathematician said the odds of twins giving birth on the same day is about eight in 100,000.

The families plan to throw co-birthday celebrations as the boys get older. And both moms admit they plan to dress the babies alike, even though they are cousins.

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“We’ll dress them in the same outfit,” Grant said to the Asbury Park Press. “We were dressed alike but in different colors growing up, so we’re going to torture them like that, too.”

One-Eyed Horse An Unlikely Kentucky Derby Contender

Every year, it seems like one or two horses take the spotlight in Kentucky Derby coverage. Usually it’s the horse’s speed or breeding that pulls the media’s attention. This year, though, a special horse has captured the public’s attention for a different reason: Patch is missing his left eye.

Patch, like most competitive thoroughbreds, has racing in his blood. His father is 2012 Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags. The 3-year-old horse has one of the most renowned trainers in the equestrian world: Todd Pletcher.

Yet a track accident early in the horse’s career caused an eye injury that required surgery in June 2016. Veterinarians found “massive inflammation in the globe of the [left] eye” and had to remove it.

After some time in Florida for rehabilitation, his trainer wasn’t sure of how Patch would perform back on the track.

Pletcher, Patch’s owners and racing fans were all a bit surprised, then, to find that his missing eye didn’t seem to slow him down one bit. The horse recently placed second in the Louisiana Derby, thereby qualifying him for one of the most famous races in the world.

“It’s a credit to him and his professionalism that he was able to adapt so seamlessly to it,” Pletcher said to the Courier Journal. “I was concerned that it might compromise his ability in some way or the way he carried himself. I guess you don’t know for sure, but it certainly doesn’t seem like it has.”

Also, in a video interview, Pletcher talked about Patch and how the horse’s disability hasn’t limited his success on the track—and that he did anticipate Patch would become a fan favorite in this year’s race.

Patch’s Personality Captivates Visitors

Patch’s story and personality certainly have captured the hearts and attention of the public.

Patch even has an unofficial Twitter account in his honor. Fans can get daily updates of preparations leading up to the Derby, which will take place Saturday, May 6.

RIP Erin Moran: 5 Things You May Not Know About The Late ‘Happy Days’ Actress

Most people remember Erin Moran as the adorable Joanie Cunningham on the classic TV show “Happy Days.” Sadly, Moran died on April 22 at the age of 56. A statement released today by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana Coroner’s office revealed a likely cause of death: complications from stage 4 cancer.

Moran’s life consisted of many ups and downs. Her story goes beyond playing a single role on one of TV’s most popular sitcoms of all time.

Here are five facts about Erin Moran you may not know.

1. Moran Started Her Career Alongside Debbie Reynolds

Moran started her acting career at an early age. In 1968, she made her film debut in “How Sweet It Is!” starring Debbie Reynolds and James Garner. That appearance launched her acting career. Moran had guest star runs on “Dakarti,” “My Three Sons,” “Family Affair” and “Gunsmoke.”

Her “Gunsmoke” co-star, Willie Aames (who also appeared on TV with Moran’s “Happy Days” co-star Scott Baio in later years), posted a lovely tribute to the actress after her untimely death.

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2. She Was Not A ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’ Fan

While most actors would love to have their own show, Moran wasn’t so happy to move to the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi.” She confessed her lack of enthusiasm about the move during a 2009 Xfinity interview:

I don’t have any favorite episodes from Joanie Loves Chachi. I liked working with the people. But I didn’t even want to do it. I was talked into it. I wanted to stay on Happy Days. They were running them at the same time.

She continued by saying she felt forced into the new show, but she’d share more of that in an upcoming memoir. The book was tentatively titled “Happy Days, Depressing Nights.” Unfortunately, she didn’t finish it before her death.

3. A Reportedly Rough Post-TV Life

Following “Happy Days,” Moran appeared on episodes of “The Love Boat” and a number of other series. However, she never found the career most actresses look for in the long term. Sadly, she stayed in the public eye through numerous tabloid stories focusing on reported money problems, and possible drug and alcohol addiction. During her Xfinity interview, she said her first husband, Rocky Ferguson, abused her. She said she planned to address the incidents in her book. After her divorce, she married Steven Fleischmann, to whom she stayed married until her death.

4. She Loved Her TV Family

Sometimes, a group of actors just click. That was the case on the “Happy Days” set, according to Moran. The lines between fiction and family seemed to blur.

“What happened with all of us was like we were this family,” she said during the Xfinity interview. “It was so surreal with all the cast members. There was another moment where we forgot we were doing scenes. We forgot we were acting. They were my family, get it?”

Her TV family loved her, too. Social media reactions to her death from former co-stars spread quickly around the internet.

Ron Howard, who played her older brother, Richie Cunningham, on “Happy Days”:

Henry Winkler, also known as “The Fonz” from the show:

Don Most, who played funny guy Ralph Malph:

Former TV husband Scott Baio added his thoughts, as well:

5. Moran, Co-Stars Sued CBS

In 2012, Moran and some other “Happy Days” co-stars—Anson Williams, Don Most, Marion Ross and the widow of Tom Bosley—filed a $10 million lawsuit against CBS and Paramount. They group claimed “they never received merchandise royalties they were owed under their contracts.” In the end, both parties settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

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James Corden Channels Disney Magic In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Crosswalk Video

Last week, “Late Late Show” host James Corden’s “Beauty and the Beast” struck viral video gold. The performance was the latest installment in his popular Crosswalk Theater Company sketch series. Stars from Disney’s blockbuster live-action version of the movie, including Josh Gad, Luke Evans and Dan Stevens, helped Corden bring a live performance to an unlikely location: a Los Angeles crosswalk.

Crosswalk The Musical
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In just under 10 minutes, Corden and his merry players performed a condensed version of “Beauty and the Beast,” with Corden playing the lovely Belle. At each red light, the enthusiastic theater company ran out into the crosswalk to perform fully choreographed numbers such as “Belle,” “Gaston,” “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

From LeFou To Lumiere

Gad, who played Gaston’s sidekick LeFou in the movie, had the chance to also play Lumiere in this abridged version of the story. Gad joked to the camera about his new role. “Who wants to do it in front of millions of people in a film when you can do it in front of a half dozen Lyft and Uber drivers here?”

Most drivers waiting at the red light of the intersection weren’t sure what to make of the show. Watching their reactions is half the fun of the video.

You have to see the performance to believe it. Even if you’re not a Disney fan, you’ll likely get a good laugh from this one.

James Corden Showcases His Love For Theater

It’s no big secret “Late Late Show” host James Corden loves musical theater. After all, he hosted the Tony Awards in 2016. He even produced a Broadway Carpool Karaoke sketch with some of today’s hottest theater stars, including Lin Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton.”

Also, “Beauty and the Beast” is just Corden’s latest Crosswalk Theater Company production. In the past, he has produced versions of “Grease,” “The Lion King” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”