Gulf sturgeon can be found in several rivers throughout Florida (Photo: Tim Donovan/FWC)

A five-year-old was killed by a leaping sturgeon while boating with her family last Thursday on the Suwannee River.

According to the Suwannee Democrat Bulletin, Jaylon Rippy’s death is the first to be reported on the Suwannee River which connects southern Georgia and northern Florida in the US.

Tanya Faye Rippy, Jaylon’s mother, and her brother, Trevor Rippy, also suffered injuries from the leaping river monster which can grow can grow up to 2.5m and weigh 90kg—they were both brought to the Shands Hospital in Gainsville.

Although deaths are rare on the Suwannee River, injuries are not new.

There were four known cases of people being hurt by leaping sturgeons this year, and the latest one took place on the the Santa Fe River—where two people were injured by the same fish.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is still investigating the death of the five-year-old.

If you wish to help the family, follow this link: http://www.gofundme.com/yhf7v4.

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