What happened to this little boy is every parent’s worst nightmare. Take a look at what happened when a gator came up out of the water and snatched this toddler while his father tried to fight him off.
A two-year-old boy is missing after he was dragged into a lagoon by an alligator at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando – despite his father’s frantic attempts to wrestle his son from the reptile’s jaws.
The boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon outside the upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa around 9:20pm on Tuesday as he paddled in a foot of water with his parents and four-year-old sister – despite ‘no swimming’ signs posted nearby.
Sheriffs say there is little hope of finding the boy alive after his father’s unsuccessful struggle with the four- to seven-foot reptile, which also left him with lacerations to his arm.
However, the search for the boy continued Wednesday morning, with about 50 emergency personnel searching the man-made lake by boat and helicopter – aided by sonar technology, dive teams and alligator trappers.
Alligators are a relatively common sight at the resort but are removed and relocated when they reach four feet and get too close to guest areas. In addition to the Grand Floridian, Disney’s Polynesian Village resort is also located on the edge of the Seven Seas Lagoon. The lagoon itself is connected to the larger Bay Lake – home to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Wilderness Lodge hotels – by a narrow strait.
Wildlife officers on Wednesday morning confirmed that they had already captured and killed four alligators in the lagoon while searching for the child, but none of them were the one that grabbed the boy.
It is not known if the child or his family are guests at the Grand Floridian. With standard rooms starting at $569 a night, the Victorian-style resort is one of the most expensive hotels at Disney World.
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