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

Also, gator sightings at Disney not uncommon
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 16, 2016 11:04 AM CDT

(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 the child was by the shoreline, where gators like to hunt. More here, or see below for more coverage of the tragedy:

  • The death may be rare, but alligators at Disney facilities? Not so rare at all. The Orlando Sentinel rounds up other close calls.
  • Florida has lots of alligators, but the odds of a person being attacked are tiny, about 1 in 2.4 million. National Geographic looks at the phenomenon.
  • Still, the state has now had 16 fatal attacks since 1997, and the AP has them all here.

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  • Disney won't be charging guests staying at the Grand Floridian resort near Magic Kingdom, reports TMZ. It's not clear whether everyone is being comped.
  • Just how liable is Disney in this case, especially given the lack of alligator-warning signs? CBS News takes a look.
  • The boy has been identified as Lane Graves of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and neighbors back home are "flat-out devastated," reports WPTV.
  • Charges against the boy's parents are unlikely, the sheriff tells the AP.
  • A blogger at Scary Mommy has a plea for those criticizing the parents: "Put down your pitchforks."
  • The best advice on how to survive an alligator attack is to avoid an alligator attack. Failing that, you might try making a lot of noise. People gathers advice.
(Read more alligator stories.)

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