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9-year-old Cocoa Beach boy has close encounter with gator while running track

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(WESH) – A 9-year-old boy had a close encounter with an alligator while he was running track Thursday at an elementary school in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Freedom Seven Elementary school student Trent Johnson saw something that looked a little curious while he was running around the track.

“It kinda just looked like a gray blob in the corner,” Trent said. “The closest I got was probably two to three feet,” he said.

Trent told his coach, and the school immediately closed the track and made sure no students could get near the alligator. Police and a state-licensed trapper made sure nobody was hurt.

The gator likely wandered to the track from a retention pond nearby.

The pond is securely fenced, but alligators can climb.

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