What Will Happen To The Alligators At Disney? Investigators Are Still Hunting One
Following the horrific alligator attack at the Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, which killed 2-year-old Lane Graves, Disney has already removed and killed five alligators from the Seven Seas Lagoon where the boy was wading when he was attacked. So what will happen to the alligators at Disney? Investigators are still searching for the one that killed Graves, and the only way to find it is by capturing and killing other alligators.
Of course, the capture and killing of alligators is little comfort to Lane's parents, Matthew and Melissa Graves, but the alligator attack has put the focus on Disney and what efforts the company could have made to prevent something like this from happening. The Daily Mail reported that Disney has admitted it often does have to move alligators, which pose a threat to visitors.
Which begs the question: If Disney knew gators were a potential problem, why did the sign on the beach where Lane was killed only warn of "No swimming " because of "deep water" and a "steep drop off"? Where is the warning about the alligators Disney reportedly knew were lurking in the murky water just feet from where children played and events like a 9 p.m. family movie night, which the Graves family attended, were held?
Here's the sign on the beach at the Seven Seas Lagoon where Lane was killed on the left. Now people want to know why Disney didn't post signs like this one from a nearby area explicitly warning about alligators. Especially when it was an area expressly for families to lounge and play.
Making matters worse, another guest of the Grand Floridian, Alfred Smith, told the Orlando Sentinel he alerted hotel staff about an alligator he spotted in the Seven Seas lagoon.
"I did warn another family of three that had small kids too close to the water and they along with another family took their children and left," he told the Sentinel.
Disney, meanwhile is focusing on the grieving family and says it is reviewing its safety procedures, according to the Washington Post.
Disney CEO Bob Iger on alligator incident: "As a parent and grandparent, my heart goes out to the Graves family." pic.twitter.com/6gZbdeNdps— ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2016
Disney's policy is to move alligators considered a nuisance, and a they become a "nuisance" if they aren't afraid of humans, the Sentinel reported. Sadly, it's the guests themselves who encourage the alligators closer to shore.
One employee, who was in contact with the Sentinel but wanted to remain anonymous, said the guests need to be told not to feed the gators and that feeding them is contributing to the problem of them becoming less afraid of humans and thus approaching the shores.
"There is such a problem on property with guests feeding the alligators, thinking it's cool," he said, adding that people often throw food off the balconies to the alligators below.
But now Disney is starting to catch and kill alligators, like the five the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission have already euthanized. But, according to Reuters, there are likely to be more alligators killed since the search is still on for the specific alligator that killed Lane.