Disney Posts Alligator Warning Signs After Boy Killed

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Walt Disney World’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa has responded to the killing of a 2-year-old boy by an alligator at its resort by erecting fencing and signs along the waterfront.

The evening of June 14, an alligator snatched 2-year-old Lane Graves of Nebraska while he was playing around the shoreline of the Seven Seas Lagoon, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The boy’s remains were found 16 hours later by Orange County Sheriff’s Office divers.

To help protect guests of the resort from possible attacks by alligators and snakes, Disney has installed signs that read, “Danger. Alligators and snakes in area. Stay away from the water. Do not feed the wildlife.”

The resort has also erected wooden posts connected with rope along the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

"We are installing signage and temporary barriers at our resort beach locations and are working on permanent, long-term solutions at our beaches," Disney said in a statement. "We continue to evaluate processes and procedures for our entire property, and, as part of this, we are reinforcing training with our cast for reporting sightings and interactions with wildlife and are expanding our communication to Guests on this topic."

The signs that were along the waterfront before Lane was attacked by an alligator simply read, “No swimming.”

Lane’s body was released to his parents on June 17 and will be transported to Nebraska.

"We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time," a statement by the boy’s parents, Matt and Melissa Graves said, according to CBS News.

Their statement also thanked authorities in Orlando for their assistance in finding Lane.

All beach areas at Walt Disney World remain closed.

Sources: Orlando Sentinel, CBS News / Photo credit: heymeadow/Flickr, Disney via ABC News

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