The father of the two-year-old boy who was tragically killed after being dragged off by an alligator at Disney World says that there were two gators involved in that attack.
Matt Graves, a Nebraska man, was at the Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World with his family, which included his wife, his two-year-old son, and two other children when an alligator attacked his youngest child. At the time, the small boy was standing near the water on the shore, playing in the shallow end of the lagoon at the Disney resort, while his father was nearby.
When Graves saw his son get dragged into the water by the alligator, he ran into the water and tried to save his son. Although initial reports indicated that there was just one alligator involved in the attack, Graves has now revealed that a second alligator attacked him as he attempted to save his child. Graves suffered from serious bites on his arm and requires stitches and antibiotics. While Graves was being transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, he said that “another gator attacked” him as he fought to save his son.
Several hours after the attack, law enforcement recovered the victim’s body just 15 yards from the shore. Although the results of an autopsy have not yet been released, authorities believe that the victim probably drowned while being dragged underwater by the alligator.
Since the June 14th alligator attack, Disney World has put up new signs near the water at the Grand Floridian Resort. The signs clearly state that “Alligators and Snakes Are in the Area” and warn visitors to “Stay Away from the Water.” Previous signs posted at the popular beach resort had only advised visitors to avoid swimming in the water.
Some legal experts and observers have pointed out that Disney may be legally liable in the recent alligator attack because the company failed to post warning signs prior to the tragic incident. If it is determined that Disney officials and theme park operators should have known about the dangers posed by alligators and wildlife, they could potentially be held legally liable for damages in a wrongful death lawsuit by the victim’s family.
According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 15 alligators have been caught on Disney property since the beginning of 2016.
To learn more about this tragic incident, read the Yahoo.com article, “Dad Says 2 Gators Involved in Disney Attack That Killed Son.”
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