New Report On The Toddler Death By Alligator Attack At Disney Looks Really, Really Bad For Local Firefighters
It has been about a month since a 2-year-old was dragged underwater and killed by an alligator while on vacation at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Since then it appears as if Disney’s done their finest to sweep this under the rug. Disney’s removed all reptile jokes, characters, and merchandise from the park, and the mainstream media has just about completely stopped talking about this tragic murder-by-gator.
This story is FAR from being over though, and a recent report from Sandra Pedicini of the Orlando Sentinel has reignited the furor surrounding 2-year-old Lane Graves’ death. This report also looks really, REALLY, ridiculously bad for the local firefighters:
Two months before an alligator killed a toddler at Walt Disney World, firefighters were warned to stop feeding the reptiles at one of the resort’s fire stations.
The admonitions were in emails from employees at Reedy Creek Emergency Services. Reedy Creek is the Disney-controlled taxing district that provides government services to the theme parks and surrounding areas.
According to the emails, firefighters were feeding at least one of two alligators hanging around Fire Station 3, located off Floridian Way on Maple Road less than a half mile from Seven Seas Lagoon and less than a mile from Grand Floridian. One gator was a baby. The second was estimated to be between 4 and 5 feet long.
Reedy Creek District Administrator John Classe said he believes the feedings were not widespread throughout the resort.
Feeding alligators is illegal because it causes the animals to lose their natural fear of humans.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT: Less than HALF A MILE from where this toddler was killed by an alligator the local firemen were illegally feeding the alligators and desensitizing those alligators to humans.
Just let that sink in for a minute. I’m sure the firefighters involved in the feeding of wild alligators half a mile from where the toddler was killed feel absolutely awful about keeping the gators around and showing the alligators that humans aren’t always a threat. I’m being 100% serious here, there’s no way those firemen saw this coming and if they are willing to connect the dots like the rest of us then they must feel like absolute shit.
On the flip side, as noted over on Jezebel this report actually goes a long way in showing how many alligators there really are in Florida, and how common these reptiles are. Gators are to Florida what deer are to most of the nation, they’re everywhere, and you don’t really give them much thought each day. So it’s reasonable to understand why the local firemen would’ve began to look at them as feral pets over the years.
For more the full report and information on how these emails were obtained you can CLICK HERE to head on over to the Orlando Sentinel.
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