ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The father of a toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World last June reached into the animal’s mouth in an attempt to free his son’s head from the reptile’s jaws.
A final report on the death released Monday by Florida’s wildlife agency says that the 7-foot alligator bit 2-year-old Lane Graves’ head as the boy bent down at the edge of a lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
The report describes how people tried to help the family.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report says the boy died from a crushing bite and drowning.
The report says Lane did nothing to provoke the alligator and that the death is classified as a predatory attack.
The report says the alligator may have had a diminished fear of people by being in an area with lots of humans.
The report includes tragic witness accounts of the attack. One witness was a lifeguard at the nearby splash pool. The life guard described seeing a pair of white Under Armor brand shoes about 15 to 25 feet out in the water. The life guard described seeing the shoes go under the water as the gator went into a death roll. Another witness passed out after seeing the gator attack the boy.
A Walt Disney World guest told a manager that he saw an alligator in the area on June 15 and reported it to the FWC along with photos of the gator, according to the report.
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