Since Tuesday night, the news has been filled with reports about the two-year-old boy who was snatched by an alligator.
While on holiday with his family at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, the boy, Lane Graves, was playing in a lagoon when an alligator snatched the child, taking him into the water.
There were numerous signs by the lagoon saying ‘no swimming’, however the boys parents allowed him into the shallow parts of the water – there were no warning signs of alligators.
The father of Lake, Matthew, 42, tried desperately to get his son from the grip of the alligator, but sadly he was unable to and the alligator took the boy under the waters surface.
Since the incident, rescue teams have been trying frantically to find the boy, with sonar and floodlights used during their overnight searches and infrared cameras used to scan the water for the child.
Last night, Jerry Demings, the Orange County Sheriff confirmed that they body of boy had been recovered.
“His body was completely intact,” Demings said. “The body has now been turned over to the Orange County medical office for an autopsy.”
“Of course, the family was distraught but also, I believe, somewhat relieved that we were able to find their son with his body intact,” Demings added.
Walt Disney World have since shut down all of their Florida resort beaches out of precaution – this is the first death to occur there in its 45 year history.
During the search, five alligators were caught and killed by wildlife officials and forensics will now be used to determine if the alligator responsible for the attack has already been euthanised.
This has led to people speaking out and saying that the death of these animals was unnecessary and that the alligators were only acting on instinct – people should know not to enter lagoons in Florida due to the risk of alligators being present.
Approximately 1.3 million alligators live in Florida and on average there is a dozen attacks against humans recorded each year.