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Disney Alligator Update: Toddler's Father Says Two Alligators Involved In Attack; Disney Removes All Gators and Crocs From Shows

Jul 07, 2016 10:09 AM EDT
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Two alligators were allegedly involved in the horrifying attack on a 2-year-old boy in Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa that resulted in his death, according to police records.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Matt Graves, father of the victim Lane, reportedly told officials that another gator attacked him as he wrestled for his son.

During initial interviews, it was also reported that a witness saw a second alligator attack the father as he was fighting for first one that got his boy.

In the 16-hour search for the boy, a total of five alligators were killed in the lake. Lane's intact body was found 15 yards from where he was taken.

A wildlife expert, however, told Palm Beach Post that two alligators attacking the same prey is rare and unusual, as they are normally solitary animals.

David Hitzig, executive director of the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, said multiple gators usually feed on one large carcass, but rarely hunt for the same prey.

He said alligators are "opportunistic hunters," usually waiting for food to come to them, or steal another food from another gator. The latter is not typical though, he said.

Hitzig added that alligators usually don't see humans as prey.

Changes in Disney World

Following the incident, the Disney resort put up signs in their lakefront properties to warn visitors against alligators and snakes. Their previous signs only cautioned against swimming. They also raised the temporary fencing around the lake.

The horrifying incident also pushed Disney to make more changes to its policies and even attractions in their parks.

References and appearances of alligators and even crocodiles have begun to disappear in the park, reported Miami Herald.

For instance, characters like Louis, the trumpet-playing gator from the 2009 film "The Princess and The Frog," was pulled out of a show, and "Peter Pan's" Tic Toc Croc, the famous reptile who hunts down the villain Captain Hook, was also taken away from the parades at Magic Kingdom.

References and jokes about crocodiles have also been removed, for instance, in the famous Jungle Cruise tour.

Disney is also cracking down on fishing at its Disney World property, as per another Orlando Sentinel report, unless it is part of an excursion.

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