The search for the Orlando alligator that sadly drowned a toddler in Disney is still underway, but new information revealed that the reptile had been spotted one month before the attack! And there’s video to prove it!
OMG, this is disturbing! Lane Graves tragically lost his life after an alligator dragged him into a lagoon at Orlando’s Disney resort. And as the hunt for the reptile continues, it turns out it may been living on the Disney beach for quite some time. Parents have reportedly admitted to seeing it one month before the fatal attack!
Two Kentucky parents claimed to have spotted the 10-foot gator at the same Disney World beach in April 2016 where the 2-year-old was drowned, according to PEOPLE. Video footage was caught of the alligator floating in the middle of the body of water. Although the clip is fairly short, the size of it is clearly shown. So scary!
The resort didn’t seem to do much about the reptile at the time, but the Kentucky vacationers soon warned others. “Don’t go to the beach because there’s an alligator out there,” the couple told Allison Taylor, another parent who was headed with her family to the swimming pool at Disney’s Floridian Resort & Spa. And after returning to their room, which overlooked the Seven Seas Lagoon, the family looked out and spotted the gator had moved to the sandy beach.
Following Lane’s death, Disney officials revealed that the resort routinely, removes alligators from the lake, although they frequently inhabit the waters, according to CNN. Officials also noted the “No Swimming” signs that surround the water. But Allison and many other parents feel that signs and employing lifeguards may not be enough. “Disney has visitors from all over the world. There should be more warnings, maybe pictures along with the signs,” she told PEOPLE.
It is unclear whether the alligator spotted one month before was the one that ultimately killed the toddler, but it’s very alarming that an animal of that size was roaming around a family resort. While Lane’s family continues to the mourn their loss, Disney officials are working tirelessly to catch the gator and remove it from the water for good. “In every tragedy there’s an opportunity to learn from it and to make modifications,” Sheriff Jerry Demings said of the incident. Hopefully, this tragic event won’t happen again.
HollywoodLifers, can you believe a 10-foot gator was living in the Disney lagoon?