Alangkah beraninya anak berumur 9 tahun bernama James Barney Jr ini. Seorang diri, ia berani melawan buaya berukuran panjang 2,7 meter dan berat 181 kilogram.

9-year-old James Barney Jr. is one brave boy. He single-handedly fought a 2.7-meter alligator weighing 181 kilograms.

Keberanian James bermula saat ia sedang berenang di danau Tohopekaliga, Florida, Amerika Serikat. Kala itu, cuaca sedang panas. James yang kelelahan setelah bermain sepeda, memutuskan untuk menceburkan diri ke danau.

James’ act of bravery began as he was swimming in Lake Tohopekaliga, Florida, United States of America. It was a hot day and James was tired after riding his bicycle, so he decided to plunge into the lake.

Saat berenang itulah, ada benda yang menyentuh kakinya. “Awalnya, aku kira ada orang yang sedang mengerjaiku,” ujar James kepada ABC. Namun setelah memegangnya, ia merasakan deretan gigi sedang menggigitnya. Ternyata, ada seekor buaya yang sedang membuka rahangnya untuk menggigit James. “Aku langsung memukulnya beberapa kali,” kata James.

When he was swimming, something touched his leg. “At first I thought someone was pulling a prank on me,” James told the ABC. But once he grabbed hold, he felt a row of teeth taking a chomp at him. It turns out that an alligator is opening its jaws to bite him. “I hit it right away a couple of times,” James said.

Kenangan Gigi Buaya

Gator Tooth Memento

James lantas melepaskan diri dari gigitan buaya. Ia berenang ke tepi danau dan langsung mendapatkan pertolongan. Ada sekitar 30 gigitan buaya di punggung dan kaki James.

James then quickly freed himself from the gator bite. He swam to lakeshore and received help. There were around 30 gator bite marks on James’ back and leg.

Di antara luka gigitan tersebut, ada sebuah gigi buaya yang tertinggal. Dokter akhirnya memberikan gigi itu kepada James. “Aku akan menyimpan gigi ini dan menjadikannya sebagai liontin kalung,” tutur James sambil tersenyum.

In between those bite marks, an alligator tooth is left. The doctor then gave that tooth to James. “I’m going to keep this tooth and make it a locket,” said James, smiling.

 

 

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