Disney Faces Scrutiny After 2-Year-Old Killed By Gator

| by David Bonner
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Disney is facing intense scrutiny after 2-year-old Lane Graves was attacked and killed by an alligator at its Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Critics have just one question: Why weren't there were more warning about the possible dangers?

The boy had reportedly been wading in a man-made lagoon at the upscale hotel. He was dragged underwater by the gator at around 9:20 p.m. on the night of June 14, and his body was found the next day, the Daily Mail notes.

The lagoon is used for various recreational activities, including ferry transportation to and from Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. It covers some 200 acres with a maximum depth of 14 feet and is connected to a series of canals that flow through the Disney properties, notes the New York Times.

After the gator snatched Lane, the 2-year-old's father, with the help of a nearby lifeguard, tried to wrench the boy from the reptile’s grasp, without success.

Following the attack, five alligators were taken from the lagoon and euthanized, according to law enforcement authorities cited by the Times.

There was a "no swimming" sign posted where Lane was playing in the water, but critics are adamant that the warning was not sufficient.

Thomas Scolaro, a lawyer who has represented victims of alligator attacks, said he believes this tragedy "was entirely preventable had Disney acted reasonably and not left unwitting tourists at the mercy of dangerous and wild animals that roam its resort," reports the Times.

In response to the horrible event, Disney issued the following statement:

Everyone here at the Walt Disney World Resort is devastated by this tragic accident. Our thoughts are with the family. We are helping the family and doing everything we can to assist law enforcement.

Lane's body was discovered in the lagoon on June 15, and a medical examiner will be performing an autopsy.

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Times / Photo Credit: Facebook via Daily Mail

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