A disturbing video has emerged showing a Disney employee fending off an alligator just feet away from oblivious guests who are enjoying a ride on the iconic Splash Mountain (Video Below).
The footage, which was posted to YouTube by Inside Edition on June 17, comes in the wake of the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves, who was snatched by an alligator as he waded in shallow water near the hotel where his family was staying, the Daily Mail reports. The gator dragged the infant into a nearby lagoon, killing him.
In the recently-released YouTube video, a Disney employee can be seen poking at an alligator with a cane pole as the animal tries to crawl onto land leading up to Splash Mountain.
Splash Mountain is located in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, not far from the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where Lane was attacked, the Daily Mail notes.
Disney employees had previously complained about guests feeding the gators, but their complaints allegedly fell on deaf ears.
"Disney knew these alligators had become desensitized to humans," one employee told The Wrap, according to the Daily Mail, "as they had begun to associate guests with food, and did not act in a proactive manner."
Another clip which can be seen in the YouTube video shows children throwing balls of food at an alligator swimming in a shallow pond.
Meanwhile, Matt and Melissa Graves, Lane's parents, said in a statement that they are appreciative of the outpouring of support from loved ones and the general public.
"Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country," Matt said.
DIsney has announced that it will add gator warning signs to its parks, while the resort's beaches remain closed as workers construct wooden posts connected with rope, along the edge of the lagoon where Lane was attacked.