OAKLAND PARK, Fla. — A 7-year-old South Florida girl is recovering after a 6-foot iguana bit her foot and tore away tendons.

Authorities say Madison Wells was dropping strawberries on the ground for the iguana Wednesday when the animal struck. The girl said she thought the iguana would lick her feet.

The iguana clamped its jaws around Madison's right foot. The damage required 23 stitches and is keeping her from wiggling four of her toes. She is scheduled to have surgery soon to repair her tendons.

Wildlife officials said iguana's are not prone to attacking humans and are not typically aggressive. They say it's likely the iguana thought Madison's foot was one of the strawberries on the ground.