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Disney Alligator Who Killed Lane Graves Lost Its Fear Of Humans, According To Disturbing New Wildlife Report

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This is SO disturbing to hear!

On Monday, we learned that Disney World officials were warned about a dangerous alligator less than an hour before two-year-old Lane Graves was attacked and killed back in June.

Related: Family Holds Funeral For Toddler Killed In Alligator Attack

Now, we're hearing the alligator likely lost its fear of humans after living in close proximity to people for so long before the attack.

A report from the Florida Fish And Wildlife Conservation Commission, which classified the attack itself as "predatory," found that

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Disney Was Warned About Alligator 45 MINUTES Before 2-Year-Old Lane Graves Was Killed

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This just makes an already sad story even more upsetting.

It's been over two months since 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed by an alligator while vacationing at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and yet we're still learning new details about the tragic accident.

The autopsy for the Nebraskan toddler was released late last week, and, unfortunately, it seems as though Disney was even more at fault than we originally thought!

Related: Family Has Decided NOT To Sue Disney World

That's because in addition to failing to providing sufficient signage to alert guests about the reptiles, according to the report, some Grand Floridian Resort cast members were warned about the alligator by other visitors just 45 MINUTES before Lane was dragged under water.

Apparently, Shawna Giacomini of North Carolina and her two daughters first noticed the wild animal five feet away from shore at around 8:15 p.m. EST. While they allegedly told the hotel's movie coordinator about the alligator, when they returned to the beach at 9 p.m. EST… Lane was already gone.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also confirmed that the child's cause of death was indeed cranio-cervical trauma as well as drowning, but hopefully the Lanes' loss can help prevent future deaths.

Please stay safe while enjoying your Summer breaks, everyone!

Rest in peace, Lane.

[Image via Grand Floridian Resort and Orange County Sheriff's Office.]

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Woman 'Heartbroken' After Her Dog Is Eaten By An Alligator In Florida Park — Read The Unsettling Report

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So heartbreaking.

A 62-year-old grandmother is devastated after she said an alligator snatched and killed her dog at a park in St. Petersburg, Florida this past weekend.

Florida native Sue Fortenbery told ABC News the harrowing incident happened on Sunday evening when she and her grandson took out her four dogs for an evening stroll in Joe's Creek Greenway Park.

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The dog owner says her 1-year-old Jack Russell terrier Bolt had "caught sight of a bunny and slipped out of his collar to chase it down. The bunny went under a hole under a fence near the water, and he just went right in after it."

Soon after, Fortenbery's grandson screamed at the sight of the pup being grabbed by the reptile. She continued through tears:

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Disney Has Quietly Removed All Animated Crocodiles & Alligators From Theme Park Following Death Of 2-Year-Old

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We still can't believe this tragic story actually happened at the happiest place on earth.

As you're surely aware, 2-year-old Lane Graves was killed by an alligator while wading in the water at Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa two weeks ago.

While the kid-friendly theme park has since added fences, signs, and even a net around the lagoon where Lane was dragged underwater, Disney is now doing even more to make families feel safe.

Related: Authorities Believe 240+ Alligators Are Swimming Around Disney!

According to numerous firsthand accounts from fans, the House of Mouse has quietly wiped all traces of their animated alligators and crocodiles from the park.

We already knew that Jungle Cruise operators had removed a croc-inspired joke from the ride, but now we're hearing that characters like Louis from The Princess & The Frog, Tick Tock Croc from Peter Pan, and Brutus and Nero from The Rescuers are nowhere to be seen as well.

This does seem like the decent thing to do, at least while the Graves family is still in mourning.

With that said, we're hearing the real alligators inside Epcot's Living with the Land aren't going anywhere… which doesn't make much sense.

Do U think Disney is going overboard by removing any signs of the reptiles??

[Image via Disney.]

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Just How Many Alligators Are There At Disney World?? Get The SCARY Truth!

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As a result of Lane Graves being killed by an alligator at Disney World, there has been a huge spike in awareness of the animals at the Orlando, Florida theme park.

Despite authorities saying they killed the animal responsible for the child's death, the Orlando Sentinel put in a records request to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to find out some stats on the dangerous reptiles in the area.

Related: Family Holds Funeral For Toddler Killed In Alligator Attack

SHOCKINGLY, there are A LOT more around the Walt Disney World property than you might believe! According to the report that was released Wednesday by the FWC, there have been over

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Over 400 Neglected Animals — Including Cats, Rabbits, Turtles, & Even An Alligator — Rescued From A Single Disgusting Home!

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This must have been one truly disgusting rescue mission.

When you hear "Operation Noah's Ark", you may be inclined to imagine a group of people pleasantly interacting with sets of beautiful animals.

Unfortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth… as authorities in Upstate New York just rescued more than 400 animals from a home in worse than dire living conditions!

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According to the Nassau County SPCA, workers were called to a home on Tuesday when neighbors reported strange smells and noises coming from the house… only to find hundreds of birds, turtles, and other pets and wildlife left to die.

Apparently, home owner Gary Gruber had become too old to take care of the animals himself, and despite his best efforts, the creatures were living inside feces-encrusted cages that took eight hours to clean.

Of the 400+ animals found, authorities identified 251 birds, 151 turtles, four reptiles and a dozen mammals — including rabbits, prairie dogs, a chinchilla, a skunk, and even African Grey parrots and other endangered tortoise species!

This news comes less than a year after Gary was cited for keeping a 4-foot long alligator in his home… but for some reason, he was allowed to keep his six cats and dogs despite potentially facing animal cruelty charges.

Thankfully, the birds and turtles have been taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Long Island.

[Image via Newsday.]

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Authorities Believe They've Euthanized The Alligator Responsible For Lane Graves' Death

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It looks like Lane Graves' case has reached somewhat of a conclusion.

According to authorities in Florida, they've found and subsequently euthanized the alligator responsible for two-year-old Lane's tragic death earlier this month.

Related: The Family Of Lane Speaks Out

In a statement released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the organization expressed that they were "confident" that they had found and killed the animal involved in the horrific incident:

"The FWC is confident that the alligator responsible for the attack has been removed. This conclusion is based on expert analyses and observations by staff with extensive experience in investigating fatal alligator bite incidents. The conclusion took into account the proximity to the attack site of removed alligators and witness descriptions. Based on past experience, the alligator responsible is usually located in close proximity to the attack site."

Well, it sounds like the FWC has made the resort a safer place. Hopefully the vacation spot also adds signs warning visitors of potential alligators.

The FWC went on to send their condolences, saying:

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