In a second Orlando tragedy in the United States of America, a toddler was snatched by an alligator believed to be between 4 and 7 feet long right in front of his family just two days after the gay nightclub shooting.
On Wednesday, police divers recovered the body of the 2-year-old victim who was snatched by an alligator while his family watched during a vacation at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The boy’s body was recovered near the same spot where he vanished and was completely intact.
The alligator grabbed the kid as he played at the edge of the water on Tuesday night. All attempts made by the parents to rescue the boy proved abortive as the reptile and the little boy disappeared into a lagoon.
The family of the boy has been informed of the finding by the Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings and a Catholic priest.
Demings added that though it is presumed that the child was drowned by the alligator, an autopsy will still be carried out to determine the actual cause of death.
“It was a tough message to deliver,” Demings told a news conference. “Of course the family was distraught, but also I believe somewhat relieved that we were able to find their son … so that they can come to grips with what has happened.”
The lagoon has signs prohibiting swimming but the signs did not specifically warn about looming danger like alligators. The boy was only playing at the water’s edge while his family relaxed nearby on the shore at the time he was grabbed.
A Disney spokeswoman said that the company would review the situation and do something about the signs.