Could Disney’s policies regarding alligators around their Grand Floridian resort be at fault in the tragic death of a 2-year-old boy on vacation with his family this week? As CNN reports the body of the boy being found intact by divers this afternoon, Disney could be facing legal issues.
It has been reported but not confirmed that Disney allegedly has a policy of trapping alligators in excess of 4 feet long, but the fact that the lagoon where the child was attacked is linked to other waterways under scores the difficulty in monitoring wild animals in that area, the lake being around 172 acres. The alligator that attacked the child has been reported to be between 4 and 7 feet long. Animal experts have chimed in that there are millions of alligators in Florida which means the threat is there, although the attack is considered unusual. In these areas feeding the alligators is strictly prohibited because it makes the animals more comfortable around humans. However, the Orlando Sentinel is reporting that an anonymous Disney employee said that there are at least 2 alligators that are regularly fed by patron’s from their balconies.