Family: Snake Bit Boy at Disney Park, Grandma Died

Disney says incident is being 'mischaracterized'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 29, 2016 4:08 PM CST
A June 24, 2002, scene of the Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.   (AP Photo/Marc Serota)

(Newser) – An Alabama family says an escaped snake at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando dropped from a tree and bit a boy, which led to the death of the boy's grandmother. The family's attorney, Matt Morgan, said Thursday that the family plans to sue Disney World, the AP reports. He says the grandmother saw the snake bite the boy, went into cardiac arrest, and died a short time later. Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahler says the allegations mischaracterize what happened during the October 2014 incident, Local 10 reports.

Disney contends the snake was wild, not part of an Animal Kingdom exhibit, and that there was no call for an ambulance for the grandmother after the incident. Disney also says after the boy was treated with a Band-Aid, the family returned to the park; the snake was not venomous.

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