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Hundreds Honor Birthday of Boy Killed by Alligator

'You'll always be Mommy's loving, sweet, baby boy'

(Newser) - The parents of the toddler who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Florida say they will always remember their sweet little boy. Melissa and Matt Graves spoke to a group of several hundred people gathered at a high school football stadium Saturday to remember Lane Graves... More »

Terrifying Final Moments of Toddler Snatched by Gator Revealed

Lane Graves' father stuck his hands in the animal's mouth

(Newser) - The Orange County Sheriff's Office released a report Monday officially declaring the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves, who was grabbed by an alligator at Florida's Walt Disney World in June, an accident. The report also reveals the terrifying details of the toddler's final minutes of life: Lane,... More »

Woman Reaching for Soda Nearly Loses Hand to Alligator

When doing the Dew is a definite don't

(Newser) - A woman trying to get a soda can she dropped into the water in the Everglades had her hand nearly bitten off by an alligator, the AP reports. Kimberly Ann Sexton, 49, was trying to retrieve a Mountain Dew can she dropped on Friday when the animal attacked her hand,... More »

After Fatal Gator Attack, Disney Builds a Wall

Part of its safety plan after toddler was killed this year

(Newser) - It might be too little and it's definitely too late, but workers are building a stone wall around a Walt Disney World lake where an alligator killed a toddler earlier this summer. The barrier wall is part of the new security plan following the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves,... More »

Family of Boy Killed by Gator: We're Not Suing Disney

Instead, they're focusing on 'future health of the family'

(Newser) - The parents of Lane Graves, the toddler killed by an alligator at Disney World last month, will not sue Disney, they announced in a statement released to People . "Melissa and I are broken," Matt Graves said of himself and his wife. "We will solely be focused on... More »

Disney Fires Worker After Gator Tweet, Thinks Again

Shannon Sullivan tweeted photo of sign asking workers to play dumb about alligators

(Newser) - "If a Guest asks if we have gators in the water around Tom Sawyer's Island (or any other bodies of water), the correct and appropriate response is, 'Not that we know of, but if we see one, we will call Pest Management to have them removed.'... More »

Mile From Where Boy Died, Disney Firefighters Fed Gators

Nearby staffers feared 'becoming alligator food'

(Newser) - Firefighters at Disney World were warned to stop feeding alligators two months before a gator killed 2-year-old Lane Graves , according to employee emails. Emails from employees of Reedy Creek Emergency Services—which operates inside the park—show firefighters had been feeding at least one of two gators apparently living in... More »

Dad of Toddler Killed at Disney: There Were 2 Gators

Matt Graves says another alligator attacked him as he tried to rescue son from first gator

(Newser) - The alligator that supposedly killed 2-year-old Lane Graves last month at Disney was euthanized a little more than a week later, but Lane's father has told rescue officials that two alligators were actually involved in the attack, the AP reports. According to emails from the Reedy Creek Fire Department,... More »

Disney Wipes Itself of Reptile Characters After Tragedy

Crocodile, alligator references, jokes dumped by theme park after toddler death

(Newser) - A tragedy at Orlando's Disney World last month has led the theme park to get rid of references to the reptile that caused a toddler's death , the New York Daily News reports. Two weeks after 2-year-old Lane Graves was dragged to his death outside of the Grand Floridian... More »

Gator That Killed Boy at Disney Has Been Euthanized

Fla. officials 'confident' it is no longer a threat

(Newser) - The alligator that dragged 2-year-old Lane Graves to his death near a Disney resort in Florida last week is no longer at large, authorities say. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it has completed its investigation into the attack and has suspended trapping in the area because it... More »

Family of Boy Killed by Gator at Disney World Is 'Devastated'

Disney says it will install signs warning visitors of alligators

(Newser) - The family of Lane Graves, the 2-year-old killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World on Tuesday, released a statement Thursday, staying it's "devastated" by his death. "Words cannot describe the shock and grief our family is experiencing over the loss of our son," ABC News... More »

In Florida Gator Attack, Boy Fell Victim to 'Perfect Storm'

Also, gator sightings at Disney not uncommon

(Newser) - The death of a toddler dragged away by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando was what CNN calls a "perfect storm" of circumstances. Among other things, this is prime feeding season for alligators; the animals tend to go after smaller prey rather than, say, grown humans; and... More »

Body of Boy Snatched by Gator at Disney World Found

It appears alligator drowned Lane Graves, left his body

(Newser) - The body of a 2-year-old Nebraska boy who was snatched off a Walt Disney World beach by an alligator and dragged underwater was recovered Wednesday, ending a ghastly search at one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, the AP reports. Divers found the body of Lane Graves of... More »

Sheriff: Boy Grabbed by Disney Gator Is Dead

The family 'will no question lose a 2-year-old child'

(Newser) - Fifteen hours after a boy was grabbed by an alligator and dragged underwater Tuesday night at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings says the family "will no question lose a 2-year-old child." "We’re working on recovering the body of the child at... More »

Gator Drags Boy, 2, Into Lagoon at Disney Resort

Dozens search overnight for Nebraska toddler

(Newser) - Authorities spent the night searching for a child who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa in Orlando, Fla. An Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says the 2-year-old boy was dragged into the Seven Seas Lagoon about 9:30pm Tuesday.... More »

Alligators Spotted Eating Human Body in Florida

But police say they weren't the killers

(Newser) - Fishermen at the edge of the Florida Everglades made a horrifying discovery Monday: two alligators eating away at a human body, the Sun Sentinel reports. After the alligators were scared off, divers recovered the body while officers stood guard with AR-15 rifles. According to CBS Miami , the body was largely... More »

Hunter Catches 800lb Gator in Fla. Pond

Um ... wow

(Newser) - An alligator hunting company found one of the biggest alligators you'll ever see, caught by Outwest Farms owner Lee Lightsey in a pond on his ranch in Okeechobee, Fla., CNN reports. Lightsey says he was out hunting that day with his 9-year-old son, a guide, and two other hunters... More »

Guy 'Pranks' Wendy's Drive-Thru With 3-Foot Gator

Joshua James now in jail over October stunt

(Newser) - Wendy's does not accept alligators for payment, FYI. That's something 23-year-old Joshua James learned Monday when he was arrested for allegedly throwing a three-and-a-half-foot gator into a drive-thru window in Loxahatchee, Fla. Police say James found the gator on the side of a road and threw it into... More »

Burglary Suspect Hides in Lake, and a Gator Gets Him

Matthew Riggins picked the wrong hiding spot—an alligator-inhabited lake

(Newser) - A burglary suspect in Brevard County, Fla., said to be hiding from the cops drowned after an alligator apparently dragged him underwater in a Barefoot Bay lake, USA Today reports. Matthew Riggins, 22, had reportedly told his girlfriend on Nov. 13 that he'd be in the Barefoot Bay area... More »

Florida Woman Loses Arm in Gator Attack

She was attacked by 9-foot gator, since euthanized

(Newser) - A Florida alligator has paid the ultimate price after an attack that claimed a woman's arm in the Wekiva River on Saturday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation says Spanish teacher Rachael Lilienthal, 37, was swimming away from a crowded beach area near Wekiva Island when a gator bit... More »

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