Climate change may have cut off the food source for Walt Disney’s massive alligator herd in the Florida everglades area.
Disney is desperate to stop the escalating alligator attacks of the huge starving creatures.
Disturbing video emerges showing a Disney employee fending off an alligator just feet away from oblivious guests as they ride Splash Mountain
- Footage shows a man poking an alligator, directing it back to the water
- But the animal keeps trying to crawl out while visitors enjoy the ride nearby
- Two-year-old Lane Graves died on Tuesday after an alligator snatched him
- Disney employees have said they complained about guests feeding alligators in the past
- Another video shows children throwing a gator lettuce and chicken at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
A troubling video showing a Disney employee fending off an alligator mere feet away from visitors has surfaced.
The footage comes in the wake of the death of two-year-old Lane Greaves, who got snatched by a gator as he waded in shallow water in a lake at a Disney hotel Tuesday night.
An employee appears in the clip poking an alligator with a pole, trying to direct it back towards the water while blissfully oblivious guests ride the Splash Mountain.
But the animal appears to be determined to crawl out onto the land in the video published by Inside Edition.
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The Splash Mountain is located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, not far from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where Lane was pulled by an alligator.
Both the Magic Kingdom and the resort border the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Disney employees have claimed they complained in the past about guests feeding alligators at the Bora Bora Bungalows, just across from the beach where Lane died – but that their concern remained ignored.
‘Disney knew these alligators had become desensitized to humans, as they had begun to associate guests with food, and did not act in a proactive manner,’ one of them told The Wrap.
Another clip, also published by Inside Edition, shows children throwing bits of chicken and lettuce to an alligator at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
Meanwhile Lane’s parents said Saturday they are overwhelmed by the support they have received since the death of their son.
A troubling video showing a Disney employee (pictured) fending off an alligator with a pole mere feet away from visitors has surfaced
The alligator (pictured) appears to be determined to crawl out of the water and make it onto the land while blissfully oblivious guests ride the Splash Mountain
The footage (pictured) comes in the wake of the death of two-year-old Lane Greaves, who got snatched by a gator as he waded in shallow water in a lake at a Disney hotel Tuesday night
The clip (pictured) was shot in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, not far from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, where Lane was pulled by an alligator
Matt and Melissa Graves of Omaha, Nebraska, said in a statement they appreciate the support and love from friends in their community and around the country.
‘Melissa and I continue to deal with the loss of our beloved boy, Lane, and are overwhelmed with the support and love we have received from family and friends in our community as well as from around the country,’ the family said.
The alligator that snatched Lane was described as being as long as seven feet. The boy’s remains were found after a long search the following day.
An autopsy showed that he died from drowning and traumatic injuries, according to the Orlando medical examiner.
The beach had ‘no swimming’ signs but no warning about alligators.
Disney said Thursday it will now add gator warnings, but has not said when. The resort’s beaches remain closed.
Construction workers have started to put up wooden posts connected with rope along the edge of the lagoon where Lane was snatched.
Lane (pictured) died from drowning and traumatic injuries, according to the Orlando medical examiner. The alligator that snatched him was described as being as long as seven feet
Splash Mountain (file picture) is located in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Disney employees have said they complained about guests feeding gators in the past
Disney should be required to remove all Alligators from their premises or fences which are alligator proof should be erected to assure no more children will be killed by these beasts. This park should be required immediately to make things alligator proof or be closed completely. There is nothing so good about a business as to make it worth a child’s li