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originally posted by: 123143
Why in the world are there alligators at Disney World in the first place?
An estimated 5 million American alligators are spread out across the southeastern United States. Roughly 1.25 million alligators live in the state of Florida.
Seven Seas Lagoon – A 200-acre, man-made lagoon for sailing, swimming and special nighttime water shows.
–p. 11, The Story of Walt Disney World
Members of the sheriff's office dive team located the remains of the toddler around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, nearly 17 hours after the reptile snatched the boy, Demings said. The body was discovered intact, he added.
Crocodilians such as the alligator are predators with ineffective teeth action - they can bite prey to kill it but can't tear flesh or chew. Small enough prey are swallowed whole while for larger prey, such as a deer, the carcass is cached underwater and left to rot (or "ripen") until it is easy to eat.
ETA: Sometimes there are house hunter type shows on HGTV where people are looking for a home in Florida, and they want a home on water, a lake or a canal, and they have children. I am always shaking my head at that, thinking - what the heck people. Why would you want to live there?
originally posted by: bigyin
Can anyone explain why a gator would drag a kid into the water then not eat the body ?
I would have expected the body to be devoured.
The boy’s father fought to retrieve his son without success. A lifeguard also rushed to the scene.
While wildlife authorities praised Disney’s efforts to manage the alligator population that is bound to invade, one Disney employee told The Orlando Sentinel it’s the human visitors that heighten the problems. In an email, the unnamed employee said, “There is such a problem on property with guests feeding the alligators thinking it’s cool.” He said there are two alligators people feed regularly from the balconies at the Buena Vista Palace.
originally posted by: ladyvalkyrie
I seemed to recall something about a lifeguard. So, apparently even though the lagoon had 'no swimming' signs, they still had a lifeguard close enough to try to respond. But still...too late.