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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!

Related: Jaguar Shot Dead After Being Forced To Pose For Olympics Photo

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.

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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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Family Holds Funeral For Toddler Killed In Alligator Attack At Disney World Resort & Sets Up Foundation In His Memory

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Lane Graves has been laid to rest.

On Tuesday, the family of the toddler who was horrifically attacked and tragically killed by an alligator at Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa buried their little boy.

Related: Neighbors Pay Tribute As Lane's Family Returns Home

Matt and Melissa Graves held a private funeral for the two-year-old at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church in Elkhorn, Nebraska, and laid him to rest at Resurrection Cemetery after the service.

As the grieving parents mourned the untimely loss of their son, they also established the Lane Thomas Foundation in his honor.

Matt and Melissa revealed on the organization's website that they want some good to come out of this terrible tragedy, writing:

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Parents Of Toddler Killed By Alligator At Disney Release Statement: 'We Need To Lay Our Son To Rest'

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We can't even imagine what this family is going through.

Melissa and Matt Graves, the parents of the young boy Lane who was tragically killed by an alligator while on vacation in Orlando at Disney World's Floridian Resort & Spa, have released a new statement on the tragedy.

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The parents, who published the statement on their Nebraska church's website, said in full:

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Disney's Grand Floridian Resort Fences Off Lagoon After Toddler Was Killed In Alligator Attack

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Disney is taking action.

Disney has already spoken out about the devastating alligator attack that killed a two-year-old child. But now the company is finally taking action.

On Tuesday, young Lane Graves was snatched by the reptile while walking with his parents along the lagoon at Disney World's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

Related: Lane's Neighbors Pay Tribute By Decorating Their Street

Tragically, the toddler's body was recovered the next day, and the autopsy revealed that he died from a combination of drowning and traumatic injuries.

And now, the resort is taking measures to make sure this terrible tragedy never happens again.

On Friday, photos surfaced on Twitter (above), showing that construction workers are putting a fence around the water's edge.

Check out more pictures (below):

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