Toddler’s Body Has Been Recovered After Last Night's Disney Alligator Attack

Submitted by: fancylad 1 year ago in News & Politics
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Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings confirmed that the 2-year-old boy who was dragged into a lagoon at Disney World in Florida last night was found hours ago. The father is said to have tried to pry the alligator's jaws apart, but the toddler was almost immediately submerged underwater.

Demings went on to identify the parents of the boy as Matt and Melissa Graves of Elk Horn, Nebraska. The child’s name was Lane, noting that the child’s body was found fully intact.

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Male 2,024
hmm how come the gorilla attack parents were villified but this is straight up croc rock
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Male 20,302
I know this is a shitty thing to say, but even though the lagoon was marked as a "no swimming" body of water, how soon before the lawsuit if any? Also, another question -- it's been said the body was found 15 to 20 feet from where he was said to be standing. why did it take all night and most of the morning to discover the body?
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Female 870
I was thinking the same thing about a possible lawsuit... But animal gurus are already coming out of the woodwork defending Disney (indirectly) and speaking about the unavoidable hazards of people and animals sharing a habitat. I saw Jeff Corwin on almost right away basically just saying "circle of life" type stuff, and the fact that when humans enter a hot zone that's a natural feeding habitat for other animals, sometimes conflicts happen. He also said he's never seen this before and there's usually some back story like people feeding the gators before an attack. I mean having travelled to Florida myself and seen gators swimming like ducks in a pond behind my parents retirement community, I know how common they are. But a family from Nebraska could have been totally clueless to the dangers. Does that mean Disney is liable? Maybe... but I feel like this family has like zero chance winning a precedent setting case in court regarding conflicts with animals on resort grounds. I hate to say it, but "no swimming" is incredibly subjective. Like at what point is a 2 year old "swimming"? Do they have to be in swim trunks? Do they have to be waist deep at the least? The lawyers would have a field day writing the "101 ways to interpret the word swimming for dummies" manual. The family would both lose a kid and go broke fighting a goliath like Disney. Finally I dunno about you guys but I don't care what the "lagoon" is called... I'll bet it's green, dark and murky. The kid is the size of a carry on piece of luggage and it was night time... I'm not surprised it took all night. The body probably drifted around a bit at the bottom. :(
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Male 552
It might be valid for a lawsuit. If Disney is smart, they will work to preempt this by putting up more detailed signs. People who aren't familiar with the area might not realize that gators show up all over. There were "no swimming" signs, but nothing to otherwise warn to stay away from the water. I've seen similar behavior while camping and such in bear country from campers and tourists who don't realize what precautions need to be taken.
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Male 808
This is tragic. They probably didn't even consider the threat when they were there.
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Male 252
This poor family, my gf and I were just there in Feb :(
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Male 20,302
@Nicod3mus: do you know if that's disney property? I'm hearing two things.
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Male 252
@fancylad I heard it was at the Grand Floridian which is an upscale Disney resort.
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