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By the skin of her teeth, Erendira Wallenda conquers Niagara Falls

Erendira Wallenda just showed the world her iron jaw.

Before a global audience on Thursday morning, Wallenda twice dangled by her teeth from a helicopter a few hundred feet above Niagara Falls.

Wallenda bit onto a customized mouthpiece that was attached to the bottom of a black helicopter hovering over the Horseshoe Falls.

A fall from that height would mean certain death, but Wallenda wore a safety tether to comply with New York State labor law.

The helicopter picked up Wallenda at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and carried her into the air where she performed several aerial tricks before she bit down on the mouthpiece, which was attached to a metal loop hooked up to a circular trapeze. The first grip lasted less than 10 seconds; the second about five seconds.

[Gallery: Erendira Wallenda performs over Niagara Falls]

The Airbus E355 Eurocopter took off at about 8:35 a.m. Wallenda was back on the ground less than 20 minutes later.

"A little more windy than I expected," the aerialist said of the stunt.

"I'm actually not hurting," Wallenda said when asked by reporters about her teeth.

The stunt came on the fifth anniversary of the day her husband, Nik, walked on a high wire above Niagara Falls. Her husband was in the helicopter during today's stunt.

"It's comforting to look up and see my husband," she said.

Here's some reaction on Twitter to the stunt:

For the Wallendas, the stunts are the easy part of life

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