Melissa Graves and Lane Graves
Disney knew of the alligator problem at its resort. After Lane went missing, reports began to surface of other guests who had encountered alligators. Then tourist videos began to emerge of alligators previously spotted at the Grand Floridian. Yesterday a new video surfaced of an alligator attempting to board a raft with guests of the hotel.
Since Lane's passing, Disney has admitted that prior to the fatal attack, they have been using the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to catch "nuisance gators." This will not hold up well in court, as it reveals they knew there was a problem, but hid it from guests, opting to occasionally remove alligators and place a generic "no swimming" sign that could mean anything.
Signs should have been posted warning guests of the presence of alligators, but many people would not want to visit the resort if they knew and that's why Disney didn't do it. No one wants to pay $550 USD per night to be confronted or attacked by an alligator.
The Graves family issued a statement on the passing of their son Lane, "Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son. We are devastated and ask for privacy during this extremely difficult time. To all of the local authorities and staff who worked tirelessly these past 24 hours, we express our deepest gratitude."
Excerpts from the autopsy done on little Lane was released yesterday afternoon and revealed he died from traumatic injuries (the alligator grabbing him) and drowning, which the site did state two days ago (as that's what alligators do, drown their prey). However, Lane, unlike most alligator attack fatalities, was found intact (gators often remove a limb or more via doing what is known as the "death roll"). This means the alligator did not do the "death roll" instead opting to drop the boy a short distance of 15 yards away from where the attack occurred, which resulted in drowning. My deepest condolences to Lane's family.
Family of Toddler Killed by Alligator Speaks Out: ‘Words Cannot Describe the Shock and Grief’
According to the Orlando Sentinel, a Disney spokesperson issued a statement on Thursday, June 16, saying, “We are conducting a swift and thorough review of all of our processes and protocols. This includes the number, placement and wording of our signage and warnings.” A source told the newspaper that Disney World plans to put up signs warning guests of alligators...
Tragedy Strikes Orlando, Florida Again As Boy Goes Missing After Alligator Drags The 2-Year-Old Into The Water At A Disney World Hotel
Parents Of Boy That Fell Into Gorilla Pit At Cincinnati Zoo Leading To Animal Being Killed By Staff Are Under Investigation By Police