Dad: Two Gators Involved In Deadly Disney Toddler Attack

| by Sean Kelly
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The father of the 2-year-old boy killed by a gator at Disney in Orlando in June reportedly told officials that a second gator was involved in the attack. 

Reedy Creek Fire Department Captain Tom Wellons emailed two separate supervisors regarding his interaction with Lane Graves’ father, Matt, the morning after the boy went missing, public records showed.

Wellons was reportedly examining the father’s injuries on the morning of June 15 and told him that he needed stitches and antibiotics due to the lacerations caused by the gator’s teeth. 

“This incredibly sweet couple insisted on showing us pictures of their happy son. [The] mom kept referring to him as her 'happy boy,’” Wellons wrote in an email, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Graves shared with him the “horror that he experienced” as his son was being pulled into the water and “how another gator attacked him as he fought for his son.” 

A witness also reported seeing a second gator attack the father as he was fighting with the one that had taken his son. Only one witness mentioned the second gator, and Sheriff’s Office spokesman Angelo Nieves said that Graves didn’t inform the Sheriff’s office about the second one. 

In total, five alligators were killed during the search for Lane. 

“There are no words to describe the profound sadness we feel for the family of Lane Graves,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission executive director Nick Wiley said in a statement following the attack.

“We will continue to keep this family close to our hearts as they deal with the pain and grief of the loss of Lane."

Since the attack, CBS News reported, Disney has implemented signs that say “No Fishing” on several properties — with fishing now limited only to excursions. Netting was also added to the rope fences installed after the attack, and hotel beaches are now staffed by employees and are closed at night.

Sources: CBS News (2), Orlando Sentinel / Photo credit: Orange County Sheriff's Office via CBS News

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