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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
"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: