ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The father of a toddler killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World last June reached into the animal’s mouth in an attempt to free his son’s head from the reptile’s jaws.
A final report on the death released Monday by Florida’s wildlife agency says that the 7-foot alligator bit 2-year-old Lane Graves’ head as the boy bent down at the edge of a lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report says the boy died from a crushing bite and drowning.
The report says Lane did nothing to provoke the alligator and that the death is classified as a predatory attack.
The report says the alligator may have had a diminished fear of people by being in an area with lots of humans.