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Disney Horror: Alligator Drags Toddler into Water

By Melissa Gutierrez
Posted On Jun 15, 2016
Disney Horror: Alligator Drags Toddler into Water

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of the two-year-old boy who was attacked and dragged into the lake by an alligator in Orlando, Florida. Our deepest condolences during this heartbreaking time.

A trip to the “most magical place on Earth” turned into a horror story for the family who was visiting from Nebraska.

The little boy was playing in a foot of water at the luxurious Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Tuesday night when he was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon by an alligator. Despite the dad’s valiant struggle with the four to seven-foot reptile, the little boy could not be saved.

The search continued Wednesday morning with about 50 emergency personnel searching the man-made lake by boat and helicopter. Daily Mail reported that Jeff Williamson, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, said “they were determined to find the boy in order to bring comfort to his family. “

Alligators are a relatively common sight at the resort, but are removed and relocated when they reach four feet and get too close to guest areas. In fact, millions of alligators live in the 10 southern states of the US with 1.3 million alone in Florida.

Man and reptile will cross paths.

Therefore, we need to better understand this scaly and stealthy giant in order to prevent any more of these devastating encounters.

  1. Alligators live in freshwater

Do NOT get near freshwater lakes or canals. It doesn’t matter if it’s in the middle of downtown or in the outlying suburban areas, assume that there may be an alligator patiently waiting for you to come just inch closer. Better safe than sorry.

 

  1. Opportunistic Feeders

An alligator attack is swift, powerful, violent, and occur when we get careless. Always be on full alert when around freshwater and keep children and pets away from the edge of lakes and canals.

 

  1. Alligators are fast

Alligators may look stupid and slow, but alligators are capable of outrunning a horse for a very short distance. If they see prey, they will move like lightning and will have struck before you know it.

 

  1. Feeding time

Gators are nocturnal and feed all night until sunrise. Stay away from the bank of a lake or canal during these hours when you can’t see.

 

It has been a rough week for Orlando and our hearts and prayers are with every family and loved one who is suffering right now.